Introducing its 8th vehicle to the US market, Mini has announced that the Mini Paceman will be made available March, 2013. Offered with the high output engine (122hp base and 181hp S model) and optional ALL4 all-wheel drive, the Paceman will push Mini into new territory in the US marketplace.
The 2+2 seat configuration offers sport bucket front seats and bucket rear seats all housed inside the new sloping roofline of the Paceman. We see it as a mini Land Rover Evoque coupe. Except the price point is a little friendlier to your wallet. Starting with base model Cooper Paceman at $23,900, the turbocharged Cooper S Paceman at $27,500, and the Cooper S Paceman with ALL4 at $29,200. Bare in mind that each offers a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in all trim offerings.
Showcasing dynamically stretched proportions with a muscular stance, the Pacemen establishes a new aggressive street presence for the brand. The front end, for example, displays power and presence thanks to its large, distinctively shaped headlights, sculptured hood and upright hexagonal radiator grille, which is framed on the Mini Paceman by a particularly broad chrome surround.
The coupe-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits seamlessly atop the passenger compartment. Its distinctive 'helmet' contours fit neatly into the coupe mold, the roofline flowing into the standard rear spoiler.
The most eye-catching new feature of the rear are the lights which, in a first for MINI, display a horizontal design.
Extensive use of horizontal elements champions the cause of sporting elegance. For example, the distinctive door ellipses have an extremely shallow and prominently three-dimensional form and extend back beyond the B-pillars into the rear compartment. For the first time in a Mini, the side window controls are integrated into the door trim.
Matte-finished, ring-shaped borders in Carbon Black emphasize the form of the Center Speedo and the two air vents positioned alongside. Decorative inner rings in high-gloss black, or optional chrome, are integrated into the surrounds for the air vents and Center Speedo.
The pair of individual seats in the rear offer impressive shoulder room and headroom, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort, while cutouts in the front seat backrests optimize legroom. The individual seat layout is highlighted by two moldings in the load compartment cover, which extend out from immediately behind the head restraints into the rear.
The standard-fitted Center Rail storage and attachment system runs from just aft of the gear selector to a point between the front seats. The second section of the Center Rail is fitted between the rear seats and extends back to the partition between the rear compartment and trunk. Making it easier to climb over from one seat to the next.
Front sports seats are also part of the standard specification for the MINI Paceman. As an alternative to the standard Diagonal Track cloth upholstery, customers can specify the Hot Cross cloth/leather combination, Gravity leather trim or exclusive Lounge leather variant. A bespoke selection of upholstery colors, interior surfaces, Color Lines and other design features offers a wide range of individualization options for the interior.
Standard load capacity is 11.6 cu-ft, increasing to 38.1 cu-ft when the rear seat backrests are folded down.
1.6-liter powertrain variants will be available from launch, each with four cylinders and a zesty power delivery accompanied by remarkably low fuel consumption and emissions thanks to fully variable valve management, based on the BMW Group's VALVETRONIC technology, a system which optimizes both the engine's responses and efficiency.
The Mini Cooper Paceman produces maximum outputs of 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph dash is all over in 9.7 seconds (automatic: 10.8 seconds) and top speed stands at 117 mph (automatic: 114 mph).
Under the hood of the Mini Cooper S Paceman, a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection enable this engine to generate maximum output of 181 hp at 5,500 rpm, while peak torque of 177 lb-ft is produced between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm. An overboost function is at the driver's disposal to increase torque to 192 lb-ft (for a short time) for particularly powerful bursts of acceleration. The MINI Cooper S Paceman sprints to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds (automatic: 7.3 seconds), while both manual and automatic versions achieve a top speed of 127 mph.
The Mini Cooper S with ALL4 delivers a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds (automatic: 7.6 seconds).
Every Mini Paceman is equipped with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ABS anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Hill Assist.
Standard specification also includes light-alloy wheels on all models. Mini Cooper Paceman comes with 16-inch wheels, Mini Cooper S Paceman has 17-inch wheels and 205/50 R17 runflat tires as standard. Available optionally for all models are 18-inch alloy wheels as a factory-fit, and 19-inch alloy wheels can be ordered as a dealer-installed accessory.