he MINI brand is once again combining the expansion of its model range with a foray into a new vehicle class. The MINI Paceman will go on sale beginning March 16, 2013. It features powerful, dynamically stretched coupe lines and the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling, that teams up with the exclusive ambience of its versatile interior to make the latest addition to the MINI family a pioneer in the urban environment.
Sporting prowess and versatility also define the driving characteristics of the MINI Paceman. Three powerful engine variants will be available from launch, and the standard specification for every MINI Paceman will also include lowered sports suspension. This will be the second MINI model (after the MINI Countryman), to offer the option of ALL4 all-wheel drive.
The seventh model in the MINI family has a unique character all of its own, while displaying clear ties to the inimitable style of the British premium brand. While many MINI Paceman buyers will view their new car as a sporty 2+2 seater, the interior has been designed as a genuine four-seater with ample space for rear-seat passengers. Its innovative vehicle concept takes its cues from the needs of modern target groups, who will appreciate its confident appearance as much as the infectious driving fun it guarantees.
With its two doors and large tailgate, plus two full-size individual rear seats, the 162.2-inches long MINI Paceman complements the elegant sportiness of its proportions with a new rendering of the familiar MINI interior. The slightly raised seating position in the front of the car provides the driver and front passenger with an excellent view, while the rear passengers enjoy generous levels of space, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort in a lounge-style ambience. MINI Paceman has the same 102.2-inch wheelbase as the MINI Countryman.
In the U.S., the MINI Paceman will be available in three versions at launch – MINI Cooper Paceman with a base price of $23,900; the turbocharged MINI Cooper S Paceman at $27,500, Cooper S Paceman with ALL4 $29,200 – all of which will be available from March 2013 – including $700 D&H charge.
The engines available at launch for Cooper and Cooper S versions of the MINI Paceman, deliver 121 hp and 181 hp respectively. All the powerplants come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option. The MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is offered for the MINI Cooper S Paceman (as an option).