Mini has officially unveiled the seventh production model in its lineup prior to its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. Known as the Mini Paceman, the model is basically a two-door version of the Mini Countryman. Mini says that the new Paceman “symbolizes the innovative combination of go-kart feeling on the road and enhanced versatility through optional all-wheel drive.”
Design wise, the Paceman looks like a sleeker Countryman with two-doors. The model has a sportier downward-sloping roofline and greenhouse tapering towards the rear; muscular flared wheel arches; distinctive helmet roof form adapted to the car’s coupe lines with integrated rear spoiler; roof can be specified in body color, white or black; sloping rear window; and rear lights in horizontal arrangement for the first time on a Mini vehicle.
Inside, the Mini Paceman features the standard Mini cabin design theme along with 4 seats.
Power for the new Mini Paceman comes from a range of gasoline and diesel engines. The two diesel engines offer an output between 112-hp to 184-hp for the Mini Cooper D Paceman and the Cooper SD Paceman. The Mini Cooper Paceman is powered by 1.6 liter 4-cylinder making 122-hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph comes in 10.4 seconds with a 6-speed manual (11.5 with a 6-speed automatic) with a top speed of 119 mph. The Mini Cooper Paceman S is powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder turbo making 184-hp at 5,500 rpm with a peak torque of 177 lb-ft between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm. 0 to 62 mph takes 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph. A 6-speed automatic gearbox and ALL4 all-wheel drive are on the options list.
More details on market available and pricing will be announced closer to launch.