BMW have chosen The Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June-1 July) to launch its new five door, two seat British built Mini Clubvan.
The new Clubvan has its familiar, Tardis-like load bay capacity, extending as it does from the wide-opening double doors at the back of the vehicle to an internal bulkhead immediately behind the driver/passenger seats. Clubvan cargo can be accessed through the two rear doors or via the Clubdoor on the driver’s side. The blocked-out rear side windows are body-coloured and feature interior polycarbonate reinforcement. Combined with tinted glass in the rear doors, the load compartment is both secure and private.
The Clubvan also houses DAB radio, air-conditioning, electric windows, anti-theft alarm and side and head airbags included as standard.
That new Clubvan has 860 litres of space and can carry a payload of up to 500 kg. The cargo area stretches back 115 cm (102cm at its narrowest point) and measures 84cm at its highest point. Six attachment loops are recessed into the floor at the sides to help prevent cargo from moving around in transit, while 12-volt sockets can be used to power electrical equipment. It’s 3,961 mm long, 1,683 mm wide and 1,426 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,547 mm.
Under the Hood
The Clubvan will be available in three front-wheel drive, four-cylinder versions: the 72 kW/98 hp MINI One Clubvan (£11,175), the 90 kW/122 hp MINI Cooper Clubvan (£12,475) and the 82 kW/112 hp MINI Cooper D Clubvan (£13,600). All models include Electric Power Steering, MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension and powerful brakes. There’s Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units.
The MINI Cooper D Clubvan offers 72.4 mpg and CO2 emissions of 103 g/km – Band B when it comes to car tax, the second lowest. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed automatic available. Potential extras include xenon headlights, black headlight shells, adaptive headlights, automatic climate control, park distance control, automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors, and a trailer hitch.
The Clubvan is the seventh unique member of the MINI family, selling alongside the Clubman, Hatch, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe and Roadster.