Featuring a new exterior and lowered suspension, March 2013 will see the UK’s first MINI Cooper Paceman hit the roads. Launched as a coupe version of the MINI Countryman, the quartet included the MINI Cooper Paceman, MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper D Paceman and MINI Cooper SD Paceman. The new model joins MINI’s Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe and Roadster.
The standard three-door Paceman has new, eye-catching exterior styling. It’s built on the same platform as the MINI Countryman and bumper to bumper the car is the same size – 4,109 mm (to be exact). The MINI Cooper S Paceman and Cooper SD Paceman are a little longer – 4,115mm.
MINI are calling the body shape more contemporary and expressive and it’s easy to see why. The Paceman definitely has an eye on the design-conscious customer – the horizontal lines and dynamic curves communicate sportiness while there’s an elegant simplicity to the overall look of MINI’s new baby.
The front is more upright and features an hexagonal radiator grille with broad chrome surround. The stretched sides and long doors offer a coupe-style profile, while the blacked-out pillars communicate a ‘floating’ roof similar to the new MINI Coupe. That roof slopes slightly towards the car’s rear and an integrated spoiler. The horizontal rear light arrangement (a first for MINI) accentuates the feel of the car’s width. Also new is the Paceman’s rear branding – the first MINI in the range to be tagged.
Under The Hood
Paceman customers can choose from four powerful four-cylinder engines, two petrol and two diesel. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic function for manual control.
- The MINI Cooper Paceman (Petrol) features a 1.6-litre 122bhp unit offering a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds, 47.1mpg and CO2 of 140 g/km.
- The MINI Cooper S Paceman (Petrol) is tuned to deliver 184bhp. 62mph in 7.5 seconds, 46.3mpg and CO2 of 143g/km.
- The diesel MINI Cooper D Paceman uses a 1.6-litre 112bhp turbocharged engine with 0-62 in 10.8 seconds, 64.2mpg and CO2 of 115g/km.
- The flagship diesel, MINI Cooper SD Paceman contains a 2.0-litre 143bhp engine. 0-62 in 9.2, 61.4mpg and CO2 of 122g/km.
There’s 4WD on the Cooper D, SD and Cooper S Paceman models. The new MINIs also include MacPherson spring struts and forged cross members at the front axle, a multi-link rear axle and electric power steering. There’s a sport button, optional on Cooper and Cooper D, which tweaks the engine’s responses and the power assistance provided by the steering. 16″ and 17″ sizes are standard, with 18″ or 19″ available.[related_posts]