Color us unsurprised. Car and Driver reports that Mini officials have confirmed a production version of the company's Clubvan concept first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March. We expected as much – after all, parent BMW has demonstrated real adeptness at building a myriad of derivatives from the basic Mini Cooper architecture, and the boutique brand already markets more spinoffs than Law & Order, so what's one more?

Essentially a panel van version of the Clubman, C/D says the Clubvan will appear in U.S. showrooms this September as a 2013 model. It isn't immediately clear if the model will offer both the standard 121-horsepower four and the Clubman S' 181-horsepower turbo, but C/D says we shouldn't expect a John Cooper Works version.

Interestingly, it doesn't appear that Mini will weld in sheet steel where the Clubman's rear side windows normally go – instead, C/D reports the company will employ body-color foil on the outside and plastic and safety foil liners inside. Other changes will include a trimmed-out cargo hold with power sockets and tie-downs. As with the concept, a stainless-steel grille will be fitted to keep cargo from intruding on the passenger compartment.

No word yet on whether the loss of rear seats will make the Clubvan any lighter, but Mini says the vehicle will offer more cargo capacity than its passenger-minded brethren. No guidance yet on pricing, either, but we're guessing that like other Mini models, boutiques and delivery services will have to shell out a pretty penny to get their hands on this dutch-door cutie. Our only question now is... how long will it take for Mini to come out with a panelized version of its Countryman softroader?


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      ReTired
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the price isn't too extravagant, it looks great for tradesmen, local delivery and services. True, it's NOT an F-150...but not everybody needs one. The AWD might be over-kill for the expected uses, but...why not? May not be a "home-run", but looks like another solid hit coming for BMW.
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see this particular variant keeping true to the original Mini lineage. I loved the old Mini van, as well as the pick-up.
      moredanyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      More auto companies need to be like Mini. I'll bet someone in headquarters said, "Wouldn't it be cool if we had a cargo van?" And the next week the design team showed the boss a cargo van and he said, "That looks nice, lets make it!" They make cars because they like to, Not because they need it. Is the Mini Cooper Clubman Edition coupe necesary? No, but they are making it anyway! Is the Clubvan nessesary? No, but that doesn't stop them from making it any way! Bravo for Mini!
      Benny90
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord, how many different versions of the same vehicle can they go through? I'm surprised so many have been given a green light for production, how many are we up to now? I guess I just don't realize the market, they must be selling the many different configurations or they wouldn't be making them... right?...
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benny90
        http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/04/03/mini-usa-sales-up-14-9-best-first-quarter-sales-ever/
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      April Fools!!! Right?
      Trace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some guy at MINI headquarters made the wager, "Bet you I can get those d*mb Americans to pay $30K for a pretty green wheelbarrow."
        moredanyou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trace
        A lot of companies have cargo vans... Ever heard of the HHR Cargo? I see small companies use those a lot. I am sure they come in handy. You can get that beautiful Mini styling for your next cargo van!
        pkdoxey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trace
        Small cargo vans are big business in Europe, not everyone needs a large van, Ford has a Cargo van version of the Fiesta, poeple over there have a need for small and economical vans.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! Two new Mini ads in the same week! Keep up the good work Mini marketing err....Autoblog.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way too expensive and small to be of any real use, unless it's just for advertising, which you could have done with the standard Clubman. So, another pointless Mini model...and I do like Minis
      rajkumarr7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please inform to Mark valburg for Brazilan/italian job :)
      brianthelion
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 Boxes? 4 BOXES?!?!?!?
      brianthelion
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 Boxes? 4 BOXES?!?!?
      wanderlust
      • 2 Years Ago
      this will work the same way that PT cruisers were used as rolling billboards for businesses. Would be great for catering or the like.
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