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Mini has introduced the production version of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show Clubvan Concept. It's billed as the "world's first premium compact delivery van". It's also the seventh addition to Mini's lineup based on the longer Clubman.
Now there's 860 liters of load space and the cargo area is 1,150mm long, and its narrowest point behind the rear doors, 1,020m wide. The van's maximum payload capacity is 500 kilograms.
The changes on the Clubman also included the fixed partition between the passenger compartment and load area.
Mini's first commercial vehicle is offered in three engine flavors starting with the One that gets a 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering 97hp (98PS) for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in 11.1 seconds, a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph) and an average fuel economy of 5.5lt/100km (51.4 mpg UK / 42.8 mpg US).
Next up is the Cooper Clubvan sporting a 1.6-liter petrol with 121hp (122PS) allowing for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 9.8 seconds, a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph), and a combined fuel consumption of 5.5lt/100km (same as the One).
Lastly, there's the Cooper D model equipped with a 110hp (112PS) four-cylinder diesel that accelerates the van from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.2 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 197 km/h (122.4 mph). Mini quotes an average fuel consumption of 3.9 liters/100 km (72.4mpg UK / 60.3mpg US), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 103g/km.
All three models get a standard 6-speed manual gearbox while the Cooper D Clubvan can optionally be fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission.