MINI has recently pulled the wraps off its latest creation, the Clubvan, which is the first utility vehicle in the British based automaker’s lineup.
The production version of the MINI Clubvan is identical to the model which was officially presented to the public in a world premiere during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March and the model is aimed at customers with small business looking for a small utility vehicle. Technically speaking, the MINI Clubvan is related to the MINI Clubman, but going back a few years to the 1960s, the model might be a successor to the Morris Mini Van. The MINI Clubvan is keeping the same design on the exterior and in its cabin as the MINI Clubman, including the speedometer and the rev meter.
Moving on to the engine lineup, we find out that the MINI Clubvan is coming with the “classic” range, except for the popular Cooper S, which is considered useless for a utility vehicle. Future owners of the MINI Clubvan can choose between the 98 HP One or the 122 HP Cooper units, or the Cooper D diesel with its 112 HP. The engine chosen will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission in standard or to a six-speed automatic, which will be available as an option.
The MINI Clubvan will be offered in just four exterior colors: Pepper White, Ice Blue, British Racing Green Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic, and the exterior design will be completed by 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. The model will also get leather upholstery, automatic climate control, xenon headlights and many more. The MINI Clubvan will make its debut during the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed and its deliveries will start this autumn.