The Clubvan is closely related to the existing Clubman wagon, but with its back seat replaced by a flat load floor, rear windows filled in, and a cargo barrier added.
Billed as " the world’s first premium delivery van," the Clubvan is no mere showpony, with cargo capacity rated at 860 litres, 500kg payload and a cargo floor measuring 1150mm in length.
The filled-in rear windows are key criteria for recognition as a commercial vehicle by many regulatory bodies.
There’s no word of a performance-oriented Cooper S version just yet, but there's yet to come a MINI model that hasn't offered a sports variant.
The production Clubvan will make its first public appearance at next weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
UK deliveries will begin later this year, with Australian availability yet to be confirmed.
Chances for a local debut are likely to depend on demand - if you're keen, get on the horn to your local MINI dealer.
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