The Mini Clubvan Concept Fails to Deliver at Geneva Motor Show
Last month, when the first images of the Mini Clubvan concept was revealed many of the consumers though this as a quite good idea. It is basically a Mini Clubman that’s stripped out on the inside which has polycarbonate panels and offers those with active lifestyle or a business a certain solution. At last, after various speculations, when the concept was showed off at the Geneva show, the Mini Clubvan seems not as impressive as expected. The new Concept features a closed-off area behind the front seats and the rear seats have been taken out to offer extra cargo room. Hence the consumers are offered two seats, five doors and a bunch of cargo potential.
In addition to its polycarbonate panels, the Clubvan concept has a nearly 4-inch-longer wheelbase than a Clubman (100.3), and if that carries to the production car/van, it would have the longest wheelbase of any current Mini (the Countryman’s wheelbase is 102.2). Besides, the Clubvan also has no rear seats and still has a rear-access door on the passenger side, though, so it wouldn’t surprise users to see a rear bench on the options list. The partition in the concept has an aluminum base with steel grating; no doubt something like this will be an extra-cost accomplice in the production Clubvan. The Mini Clubman also offers 9.2 cubic feet of space with the seats up and 32.8 cubic feet with the seats down.
Mini, in a statement when the images were shown, had said that the load area reaches from the split rear doors right up to the partition grille behind the two seats and the totally level floor makes full use of the interior’s depth which allows the concept car’s load capacity to exceed the maximum achieved by the MINI Clubman. However, when the vehicle was publicized, the response was mixed as if there was nothing new in the new Clubvan.
via Egm Cartech