Mini’s Campervan Concepts [Gallery]

Glamping is glamorous camping: this is how Mini’s camper concepts can be described.

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MINI has chosen the most pleasant part of summer to announce and show to the public its new motoring-cum-camping concepts designed and created specially for music festival lovers and outdoor activities fans in need of what the company euphemistically describes as “overnight solutions.”

When the car-maker unveiled its Clubman-based Clubvan concept at the Geneva Motor Show a few months ago, everybody believed that the car would make the move from concept to production line.

However, Mini has just announced its new absolutely different Clubvan models that will be hitting showrooms later this year.

The three products unveiled by the company are the Clubvan Camper, the Cowley and the Countryman ALL4 Camp; a tiny camper van, a compact caravan and a rooftop tent respectively.

“The entry-level Mini One Clubvan sports a 1.6-liter engine with fully variable valve timing that produces a maximum output of 72 kW/98 hp and propels the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.1 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph),” Gizmag reports.

“Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 5.5 liters per 100 km (51.4 mpg imp), with CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometer (4.5 oz per 0.62 miles).”

Described by the company as “arguably the world’s smallest luxury camper van,” the Clubvan Camper can be transformed into a bed for one at the expense of all seats other than the driver’s.

When bedding downto have a rest, the drive will take a berth that extends front to back on the passenger side of the car.

A kitchenette occupies the space behind a driver’s seat and extends out of the Clubvan Camper’s pair of rear doors. The vehicle also features a propane stove and a chest fridge. A moonroof can be opened for ventilation or to enjoy the sights of the moon in the night.

Moreover, the car producer offers an auxiliary heater, a small TV and even a handheld shower, which can be used outside of the vehicle round out the home comforts.

The MINI Cowley concept is MINI’s compact take on the traditional towing caravan.

The vehicle contains more than two sleeping berths and a few entartainment devices such as a small TV, DVD player and audio equipment.

The car maker has opted to shift the kitchen to a compartment on the outside. The kitchen includes a dual-burner gas stove, a sink with water tank and pump, and a small frige. The door can be used as a modicum of shelter.

The third concept is designed to be mounted on more or less any current MINI or MINI Clubman. It’s a rooftop sleeping compartment wich will be indispencable when sleeping quarters are needed at the drop of a hat.

According to the press release, the closed tent fits the look of the portly station wagon “perfectly.”

The car maker will bring its Clubvan models to European showrooms this autumn. Pricing details are yet to be announced.

Unfortunately, Mini unveiled to reporters that it’s not going to put these concepts on the market.

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