Mini has another all-new model that it calls "the world’s first sports activity coupe in the premium small and compact vehicle segment." The model's name: Paceman.
The Paceman is basically a two-door variant of the Countryman but minus the utilitarian look. So other than the coupe-style stretched side profile with long doors, a roofline that tapers toward the sloping rear window, and the distinctive helmet roof form with an integrated rear spoiler, the Paceman also sports its rear lights in a horizontal arrangement--a first for a Mini.
For its interior, the Paceman retains the same dashboard as the other Mini models save for the newly designed surrounds for the air vents and center-mounted speedometer, as well as the door-mounted, power-window buttons that are a departure from the toggle switch on the center console like in other Mini models. The Paceman also has full-size individual seats for rear passengers instead of bench seats, and with its folding backrests, the car's load capacity can be increased from 330L to 1,080L.
In line with the Paceman's sportier nature over the Countryman, it rides on a lowered sports suspension system as standard, although a regular suspension and standard ride height are available as a no-cost option.
The Paceman will be available with a choice of two gasoline engines and two diesel engines with their power output ranging from 110hp to 181hp. All variants will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or a six-speed automatic as an option. Mini's All4 all-wheel drive system will only be available for the Cooper S Paceman, the Cooper SD Paceman, and the Cooper D Paceman.
Lastly, for those who might be interested to know, Mini has confirmed that a John Cooper Works Paceman variant is in the works.