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Mini Clubvan Go For Fall Launch!

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On: Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 1:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

Mini Clubvan Go For Fall Launch!

This sounds like a mouth full of sensationalism, but the Mini Clubvan will be the world’s first premium compact delivery van – at least that’s how Mini USA is choosing to bill the company’s upcoming commercial entry. And that’s all well and good but, when the Clubvan hits showrooms this Fall, we expect buyers from all different sectors to take note.

The Clubvan will be the first modern-day Mini to embrace functionality over urban trendiness. Naturally, that doesn’t mean Mini’s Clubvan will lack a dash of flavor.

The company’s promotional pics even go so far as to include a…disco ball…in the vehicle’s rear storage area.

“For the first time, trend-conscious commercial users can now make a stylish and sophisticated statement when carrying out deliveries to their equally discerning customers.”

But that’s ok, because the Mini Clubvan also appears to be incredibly versatile. Although US models will only derive power from the company’s 121 hp engine (unlike the diesel and 98 hp variants sold in Europe), US buyers still get the same two-seater vehicle with high-quality rear cargo area – partitioned off via metal grate and surrounded by blocked-out windows.

The loading floor is completely flat and trimmed with good ole’ fashioned carpet. In addition to two 12-volt sockets, six attachment loops have been added to the Clubvan’s trunk space.

Apparently, the metal partition is in place so that drivers can make use of the full 30.3 cubic feet of load space, floor to ceiling. The cargo area is 44.8 inches long and most narrow at 40.1 inches wide. Payload capacity is 816 pounds, which by our estimation is about 15 bulldogs.

Oh, and for those seriously considering the Clubvan for business duty, it will be officially classed as a commercial vehicle and thus taxed at a lower rate.

We’ve got no word yet on price, but expect the Clubvan to start near the low $20,000 mark. Which, if you’re comparison shopping, is about how much a base Ford Transit Connect costs.

The difference here is that buyers don’t have to look like they operate a creepy ice cream business. Instead, much like the original Morris Mini Van, consumers can make use of the Clubvan for a wide array of business or recreational activities – without sacrificing charismatic looks, quick handling, fuel economy, and practicality.

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