The Paceman has more room than a Mini Clubman plus available all-wheel-drive. Perhaps think of it as a two-door Countryman.
Nothing new to report; available 121- and 181-horsepower four-cylinder engines (207 horses for the John Cooper Works) are shared with the rest of the Mini fleet; four-wheel-drive “All4″ version delivers all-weather capability.
The Paceman, which is based on the Countryman, is one of seven niche models produced by BMW’s Mini division. But where the Countryman appears as a conservatively styled wagon, the Paceman’s sportier looks hint at its more playful nature around town, on the open road, or over rougher terrain with its available all-wheel-drive. The Countryman and Paceman share the same basic dimensions, but the latter’s distinctive teardrop-shaped taillights and rear fenders bulge out slightly from the quarter panels. The interior includes four adjustable bucket seats – also adapted from the Countryman – that are especially attractive. Of course the Mini’s signature round dash gauges are very much in evidence, although not quite as in-your-face as those installed in the basic Mini Cooper or Mini Clubman. Under the hood it’s a case of if-you’ve-seen-one-Mini-you’ve-seen-them-all as the available engines are offered in all seven Mini body styles. The base Cooper’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 121 horsepower, while the optional turbocharged 1.6 in the Cooper S makes 181, or 207 in the JCW (John Cooper Works). All engines are available with six-speed manual transmissions or optional six-speed automatics with a manual-shift function. For the All4 all-wheel-drive option, the system’s center differential directs 100 percent of the power to the front wheels, but can send half of the torque to the rear when tire slip is detected. All4 is standard with JCW models and optional on the Paceman Cooper S. Note that all Paceman engines require more expensive premium fuel that negates some of their perceived efficiency savings. All Pacemans (or is that Pacemen?) arrive with air conditioning and the usual power accessories plus a sport-tuned suspension. From that point you can select from up to seven different option packages that include a panorama sunroof, various infotainment/navigation/communications systems , a variety of seat coverings and an array of wheel types and sizes. The full-load JCW comes decked out with dual exhaust and distinctive interior/exterior color, body and trim treatments.
Base price (incl. destination): $23,900
Type: Two-door hatchback wagon
Base engine (hp): 1.6-liter DOHC I4 (121)
Optional engine (hp): 1.6-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (181/207)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 27/35 (base 1.6)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 2,950