Mini reveals all-new Paceman model

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Sep 15, 2012
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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.

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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.

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