The Mini Clubvan concept is an extremely straightforward Clubman derivative

The Mini Clubvan concept has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show, five years after the Mini Clubman went on sale.

The Mini Clubvan concept is an extremely straightforward Clubman derivative. The Clubman’s side windows have been replaced with polycarbonate panels and the load bay has been moderately increased in size.

It is described by BMW as a ‘compact lifestyle van for business and leisure – the first concept of its kind in the premium segment’. The elegantly sign-written exterior was created for BMW by the real Hugh Buckingham of Southport.

See official pictures of the new Mini Clubvan concept

The Clubvan is a strict two-seater. The Clubman's rear seats and false boot floor have been removed. In their place is a continuous, deeper load bay with six load attachment points and 12V charging sockets. The rear doors are very darkly tinted. Inside, the only significant addition for the concept is a bespoke aluminium and stainless steel load bay partition to protect the driver.

Even though the Clubman is 240mm longer than the Mini hatch and its wheelbase is 80mm longer, the production version of the Mini van will not be a capacious commercial vehicle. Seats down, the Clubman has a maximum load capacity of 920 litres. Even allowing for the lower load floor, the van’s capacity is not expected to be much above 1200 litres.

Although BMW hasn’t officially said that the Mini van will go into production, it is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year. At around the same time, Mini’s Oxford factory will begin to undergo extensive retooling – the first overhaul since 2000 – in preparation for the introduction of the all-new Mini.

However, it is expected that a number of Mini models based on the current platform will carry on in production until at least 2015, including the Roadster, Coupé, Clubman and Clubvan.

Hilton Holloway

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19 February 2012

I like the idea of this in terms of being able to chuck my Mountain Bike in the back in one piece. I can then hose the interior down. However, I get the impression this isn't quite what BMW envisage... Being cynical, I can't help but wonder if this is an attempt to cover the cost of developing the architecture/manufacturing process of the Clubman because it's not been too successful (I don't see many except in London).

19 February 2012

[quote Agitprop]I like the idea of this in terms of being able to chuck my Mountain Bike in the back in one piece.[/quote]

I'm not sure if a bike would even fit in this thing. Even if you get it over the high and narrow loading sill...

Nice alloys though.


19 February 2012

I like this, there is a decent market from small businesses that need a small van but want something a bit more individual, combine that with mini residuals and you have something very enticing

19 February 2012

[quote Autocar]BMW has unveiled the Mini Clubvan concept, five years after the Mini Clubman went on sale. The Mini Clubvan concept is an extremely straightforward Clubman derivative. The Clubman’s side windows have been replaced with polycarbonate panels and the load bay has been moderately increased in size.

Due to be unveiled at the Geneva show, the Clubvan is described by BMW as a ‘compact lifestyle van for business and leisure – the first concept of its kind in the premium segment’. The elegantly si... Read the full article[/quote] Well, it's taken long enough, hasn't it?

Peter Cavellini.

19 February 2012

nice! bring it!

19 February 2012

John Cooper must be turning in his grave, how can they dare to put his name on the back of a van, dont get me wrong, a minivan is nothing new, and I have nothing against them producing it, but please dont call it a Cooper.

19 February 2012

I hope they do a Mini Pick Up! Always was my favourite variant of the original mini.

19 February 2012

[quote oaffie]I hope they do a Mini Pick Up! Always was my favourite variant of the original mini.[/quote]

That would be cool! Much better than the Countryman!

19 February 2012

I'm not anti-Mini, but neither would I call myself a fan of most of the current line-up.

Bizarrely, though, I find myself really, really liking the Clubvan. I hope they make it. (Why wouldn't they? The development costs must be minimal).

19 February 2012

[quote Citytiger]John Cooper must be turning in his grave, how can they dare to put his name on the back of a van, dont get me wrong[/quote]


Why would he? They haven't. Nowhere was it mentioned Cooper, so relax. Not that a name matters anyway.

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