The Mini Clubman is classified as an estate car, introduced in 2008 as one of the variants for the Mini Hatch. The name “Clubman” was originally used in the 1970s to refer to a facelift given to the classic Mini, a deviation from the traditional names used by Mini such as “Countryman” and “Traveller”. BMW didn’t have the rights to use those so “Clubman” was chosen instead, a name they already had rights to.
The Clubman featured splitdoors or barn doors, rear doors that part two ways, to access cargo storage. These barn doors where called Clubdoors and were always positioned on the right side of the vehicle, regardless of the market. The Clubman also comes with six-speed automatic and manual transmission system options and a four-cylinder engine similar to other hatchback models. As for safety features, the Clubman is fitted with six airbags, brake assist driving, electronic brakeforce distribution, and stability control.
In 2012, a commercial version of the Mini Clubman was revealed. Known as the Clubvan, it was initially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show as a concept car but a pre-production model was displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In 2013, another variant was unveiled called the Clubman Bond Street, named in reference after one of London’s prestigious shopping destinations.