The Paceman will be the seventh member of the MINI family, and shares the familiar design cues of its older siblings. Blacked-out pillars create the 'floating' roof effect common to the brand, while the roof itself is available in either black, white or body colour.
Posted on 17.09.2012
The Paceman's interior features two individual rear seats with armrests integrated into the rear trim. A two-section version of the MINI Centre Rail storage and attachment system comes as standard, with a full-length variant is available as an option.
Folding down the rear seats expands the rear load-carrying capacity from 330 litres to a maximum of 1,080 litres, with access via a high-opening tailgate.
From launch, Paceman customers will have the choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or the optional six-speed Steptronic automatic.
The 1.6-litre 122bhp petrol unit gives a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds, with a fuel economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 140 g/km. The MINI Cooper S Paceman uses the same engine, but is tuned to deliver 184bhp. It will go from 0 to 62mph in 7.5 seconds while managing 46.3mpg on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions stand at 143g/km.
The MINI Cooper D Paceman meanwhile uses a 1.6-litre 112bhp turbocharged engine with a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds. Fuel economy for the lead-in oil burner stands at 64.2mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of 115g/km. The flagship diesel is the MINI Cooper SD Paceman, which gets a 2.0-litre 143bhp engine. Its 0-62mph time is 9.2 seconds, with a combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 122g/km.
MINI has also confirmed that a John Cooper Works variant is already in development.
MINI's ALL4 system is available on the Cooper D, SD and Cooper S Paceman, models, while Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is standard across the range. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) are available on the MINI Cooper S Paceman, Cooper SD Paceman and Cooper D Paceman ALL4. Light alloy wheels in 16-inch and 17-inch sizes are standard, with 18-inch or 19-inch on the options list.
Other standard equipment includes air conditioning, powered door mirrors and front sports seats. Popular options will include Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, an electrically operated glass roof plus the MINI navigation system. Advanced infotainment functions are available via MINI Connected.
Eight exterior paint shades are available including the new Brilliant Copper and Blazing Red. In keeping with the MINI brand, Paceman personalisation is expected to be very popular and there is an extensive choice of bonnet stripes, upholstery variants, interior surfaces and Colour Lines to be specified for a price.
The all new MINI Paceman will go sale on 16 March 2013, with prices starting at £18,970 on the road.