2013 Mini Clubvan Officially Announced for U.S. Market
Two Seat Commercial Version of Clubman Coming This Fall
If you've been looking for a stylish way to promote your business and deliver (small) products in your area, you will have a new choice this fall. Mini has officially introduced its Clubvan for the U.S. market.
Based on the Clubman extended-length model, the Clubvan trades the Clubman's rear seats and side windows for a carpeted cargo area. Mini is targeting light commercial users such as fashion designers, caterers, photographers and architects with the Clubvan. The Clubvan is modeled after a modern-day interpretation of the classic Morris Mini Van.
Its 30.3 cubic-foot cargo area is on the small side, and slightly more than half the cargo area offered by the recently-discontinued Chevrolet HHR Panel model, which had 57 cubic feet. In Europe, its closest competitor in size would be the Ford Fiesta Van, essentially a two-door Fiesta with blanked-out side windows and no rear seat. The Fiesta Van offers a slightly larger 35 cubic foot cargo area. Compared to Ford's box-shaped urban van, the Transit Connect, the Clubvan's cargo area is a mere fourth of the TC's cavernous 129.6 cubic-foot capacity.
However, the Clubvan fares slightly better in the payload department, with an 816 pound capacity, about half the Transit Connect's 1600, and close to the HHR Panel's 900 pound capacity.
It's clear the Clubvan is not purely about utilitarian practicality, and its available options reflect its role. Cloth seating is standard, but leather is available as an option, as is a navigation system, HID headlights, adaptive headlights, automatic climate control, and park distance control. The only available engine in the U.S. will be the Cooper's naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter, 121 hp four-cylinder engine. European models are also available with the 1.4-liter gas engine from the Mini One model, or a diesel from the D model. The U.S. Clubvan will be available with a standard six-speed manual or optional automatic transmission.
Official pricing will be announced closer to the Clubvan's Fall 2012 on-sale date.