Mini launches first light commercial vehicle

MINI will unveil its first commercial vehicle – the Clubvan – at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.


The range will comprise three models powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines with VAT-free prices from £11,175 to £13,600. The model will go on sale in the autumn


Three Clubvan versions will be available: the 98 bhp One Clubvan, the 122 bhp Cooper Clubvan and the112 bhp Cooper D Clubvan.


A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but an optional six-speed automatic transmission is also available.


Also standard are ‘minimalism’ features including auto start/stop, shift point display, brake energy regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units. These, says Mini, will help business users keep a tight rein on fuel consumption.


For example, the Cooper D Clubvan offers official combined fuel economy of 72.4 mpg, meanwhile emissions are103 g/km.


Inspired by the 1960s Morris Mini Van, the Oxford-built Clubvan is claimed to be the world’s first premium compact delivery van has five doors, but only two seats.


Mini says that the key to the Clubvan’s appeal is its spacious load bay. It extends from the double doors at the back of the vehicle to an internal bulkhead immediately behind the driver and passenger seats.


Inside, the cargo area stretches back 115 cm and, at its narrowest point just behind the rear doors, is 102 cm wide. With the bulkhead to protect the driver and/or passenger, it can be loaded right to the roof which measures 84cm at its highest point. That means 860 litres of space and a maximum payload capacity of 500 kg.


The load floor is completely flat for ease-of-use. Six heavy duty attachment loops are recessed into the floor at the sides to help prevent cargo from moving around in transit, while multiple 12-volt sockets can be used to power electrical equipment.


Based on the Clubman platform, its exterior dimensions are identical to those of its sibling.

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