In June of this year Mini revealed that they were planning to release its first commercial vehicle since being owned by BMW, and as of this week it is now officially on general sale. It is hoped that the Mini Clubvan will be the successor of the classic Morris Mini Van, and was well received when it was officially revealed for the first time at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. As the name suggest, the Mini Clubvan design is closely based on that of the Mini Clubman, to the point where some have described the vehicle as a Clubman with the back seats and windows removed.
The new vehicle will start at around eleven thousand pounds and includes the classic mini design, eight hundred and sixty litres worth of space, and a flat load area that measures 115cm long by 102cm wide. The driver’s side also has a Clubdoor meaning that the driver can gain quick access to the back of the vehicle.
Even though the Clubvan may be dearer than more traditional minivans, it comes with extras such as electric windows, a DAB digital radio, air-con, 15-inch alloy wheels, black cloth trim and tinted glass in the back to keep cargo out of sight as standard. With all this new technology together with van insurance owners can be assured that whatever they are transporting will be kept safe. Furthermore, there are three different versions available: the One, the Cooper, and the Cooper D. Mini have even claimed that the Cooper D has a 1.6 litre engine, 110 break horse power, and still manages to deliver 72.4 miles to the gallon.
The Clubvan has also already picked up its first award after winning Editor’s Choice at the 2013 What Van? awards. It received the award after being commended for being able to deliver style, efficiency, and class-leading driving dynamics that are not usually found in light commercial vehicles.