MINI unveiled today its latest creation, the Clubvan Concept. That’s right folks, the British brand will expand its lineup and wants some feedback by revealing this new concept. Based on the MINI Clubman concept car, the new Clubvan Concept will be unveiled in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and promises to combine the driving fun for which MINI is renowned with increased load-carrying capability.
According to the manufacturer, the new car is a spiritual successor to the Morris Mini Van, which featured a 10-centimetre-longer wheelbase, separate load compartment and split rear doors.
The new concept has two seats, five doors and endless usage potential. Moreover, the vehicle features the so-called Clubdoor on the right-hand side create comfortable access to the interior.
The Clubdoor gives owners the option of loading or unloading smaller items from the side of the car as well as the rear. Regarding its design, the Clubvan Concept is s true MINI and features the same design as the current models.
Clubvan Concept comes with British Racing Green exterior paintwork, extended to the roof, C-pillars and exterior mirror caps.
Just like any other vehicles charged with transportation tasks the rear side windows are opaque. In addition, heavily tinted glass for the rear doors make it difficult to see into the load compartment.
Similar to the Clubman, MINI made sure that the Clubvan Concept would not simply be a five-door car but would be one that also offers something surprising. Allowing comfortable and easy access to the inside are the doors on the front for the driver and the passenger in the front, the pair of side-hinged door placed on the rear, and finally the rear-hinged Clubdoor located on the right hand side. Through the Clubdoor, owners will have the choice of loading, as well as unloading, small items either from the rear or the side.
Another twist is offering two seats for the Clubvan Concept which not only allows owners to have the capacity they need on a daily drive but also to introduce a new level of customization. The load compartment is a precise yet new way of applying the same principle used for the Mini. That is, to offer the maximum interior space but with the smallest footprint there is.
As a result, the load area goes all the way to the split rear doors and even the partition grille placed at the back of the two seats. With the floor being level, the Clubvan Concept utilizes the depth of the interior to its fullest. It comes as no surprise then to know that the maximum load capacity of the Clubvan Concept is even greater than that of the Clubman.
In storing items, one issue many owners face is the possibility of sliding. To prevent this, the Clubvan Concept has a total of six attachment loops that have been put on the load compartment floor with elasticated straps that ensure items are kept in place no matter what length, width, or height they may have.
Since the partition grille has been fixed to the body of the car, it guarantees that the items placed on the load compartment will not be able to reach the front seats, despite the driver suddenly applying the brakes. In terms of materials used, the upper portion of the grille has a honeycomb grating made of stainless steel in silver with the lower part composed of solid aluminum.
Still on the load compartment, the floor and the side walls have been decorated with high-quality cloth in anthracite. The roof liner is in anthracite as well and goes along the interior’s entire length. Because of the identical colors being used, it highlights its practicality as well as the pure-bred quality.