Mini's latest concept is designed to make transporting stuff to fashion shows look good.
Mini's continued lineup expansion has resulted in some interesting models, such as the Countryman and its likely upcoming two-door variant, the Paceman. And now the automaker has just released these official images and details of their new concept, the Clubvan, which will be making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. We've heard rumors in the past about a possible Clubman-based panel van, and it's clear now that Mini was serious about it.
With customers such as small business owners, fashion designers, photographers, or even catering services in mind, the Clubvan Concept blends "enhanced practicality and a well-judged lifestyle focus with natural ease." In real-life, non-press release speak, that means that the Clubvan Concept is meant to make those potential customers feel extra special and more stylish when delivering boxes. Fair enough, and now with the Chevrolet HHR Panel Van out of production, the Clubvan's only real competitor would be the Ford Transit (if the former makes production).
With only two seats and five-doors consisting of a driver's door, passenger door, passenger-side suicide door, and dual barn back doors, the side walls and load floor are lined with anthracite-colored cloth instead of plastic. Mini has also added six attachment loops in the rear cargo area that are meant to secure items when in route. All told, the concept's load capacity exceeds the maximum achieved by the Clubman and "combines the driving fun for what Mini is renowned with increased load-carrying capability." In addition, there are 12-volt sockets in the rear compartment.
For now, the Clubvan is strictly a concept study, but judging by these photos, we can clearly see that it's not far from being production ready. We'll have more details in just a few weeks from Geneva.