That doesn't mean the car isn't fun to drive. Increased dimensions add up at the scales, and with a minimum curb weight of 2940 pounds, the non-turbo version of the 1. Prices The new Mini Paceman will make its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show with sales to begin on March 16, 2013. The dictionary says that mini refers to something small of its kind. Several states of tune are available. In truth, though, it's a little bit more than that. Driving Impressions Mini proclaims itself to be a purveyor of fun, as well as mere transportation, and it's hard to find fault with that proposition as applied to the new Paceman.
. Up front, the model gets large, distinctively shaped headlights, a strikingly sculptured bonnet, and an upright hexagonal radiator grille. More important, the combination of firm suspension tuning, limited suspension travel, and low-profile run-flat tires on the S can become punishing on patchy pavement. In other words, two average-sized adults could sit back there for a short trip across town, while smaller children should be fine for even longer distances. The Paceman, on the other hand, neuters some of what makes the Countryman a good car in the name of style.
These engines will be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic as an option. When viewed from the side, the Paceman offers a very cool coupe look, with the roof swooping downwards towards the rear. Speaking of options, Minis offer many, telematics, cosmetic, and performance-oriented. All four models can be ordered with either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic. Thus the current lineup represents two versions of one basic front-drive architecture and three versions of one engine across a range of seven models, with more on the way. Summary Mini Cooper Paceman's price ladder makes it a relatively expensive proposition versus other cars competing, more or less, in the same segment. As you'd expect, the Paceman has its own alloy wheel designs, eight of them in fact 17-inch standard, 18- and 19-inch optional , as well as a going away view, distinguished by oversize round taillights, that differs from that of Countryman.
Engine At its launch, customers will have to choose between four different Paceman versions, powered by two petrol engines and a pair of diesel units. That speedo has expanded over the years, and is now about the size of a dinner plate, dominating the entire dashboard. Standard equipment on all Paceman models includes a sports suspension that allows for lower ride height and stiffer spring rates, though a standard suspension is a no-cost option. The Paceman is a little odd in that that Countryman could be seen as the most practical Mini to come along to date for those needing space and even some light off-road capability. The model comes with black bordering on the lower edge of the body and side indicator surrounds on the diagonal that link between the A-pillar and front wheel arch. And Mini is probably right. The standard Paceman engine is a 1.
The sloping roofline is of some consequence to cargo space - there's a bit under a cubic foot less volume with the rear seatbacks up. In particular, the center-dash speedometer takes some getting used to, while the tachometer rides atop the steering column. The John Cooper Works version generates 208 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The same change will be made for the 2013 Countryman. There is also a rear apron that will provide a sporty appearance and a rear nameplate that is being used on a Mini model for the first time. This is all while delivering a fuel economy of 39.
Dimensionally, the Mini is within an inch of the Countryman and the wheelbase remains the same at 102. The Paceman offers a load capacity of 330 liters, but can be increased to 1,080 liters when the rear seats are folded down. The connection between driver and machine verges on sports car territory, making even the most ordinary trips a treat. In addition to more interior volume, increasing the practicality index versus the basic Hardtop model, the Paceman's furnishings are high quality, and like the rest of the Mini family the inside story blends design elements from the 1960s with contemporary features such as navigation and contemporary telematics, as well as sporty bucket seats. Manufacturer Info Sources: 866-275-6464 -. A John Cooper Works model is currently in planning, though, for the U. All models are offered with Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, and the Gear Shift Indicator which works in tandem with the manual gearbox.
It successfully expands the dimensions of the basic Mini Hardtop without spoiling the smaller car's distinctive proportions, its front end styling is unmistakably Mini, the increased size yields a corresponding increase in interior volume, which pays off in a back seat that is actually habitable by people, rather than just parcels. On the other hand, the Paceman offers the option of all-wheel drive and maintains Mini's unique persona and engaging dynamics, with a substantial practicality edge versus the Mini Hardtop. That said, the Paceman is no sports car. Despite the door count having been chopped to two, the rear seats remain and offer a larger amount of room than might be expected, although headroom is reduced by a few tenths of an inch compared with the Countryman. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 10. Mini has also announced that a John Cooper Works is in the works. The new Paceman will immediately be recognized as a Mini thanks to its traditional design cues.
While increased size and mass take a little edge off its straight-ahead performance versus comparably equipped basic Mini Hardtop models, we found the turbocharged Paceman S model with all-wheel drive gets across intersections briskly, and sprints to 60 mph in just over seven seconds. The Paceman drives very much as you'd expect it to: like a slightly stiffer, sportier Countryman. Other elements of the Paceman powertrains are tried and true. Interior The interior offers room for four passengers, with the rear passengers enjoying the comfort of a pair of individual seats with impressive shoulder room and headroom. The All4 option is offered only with the turbocharged engines. Paceman's interior materials are of high quality, the standard seats are sporty and supportive. The base Cooper Paceman is powered by a 1.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Nevertheless, the Paceman provides a relatively unfiltered driving experience that's rare today. As a result, the S version will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7. It's also worth noting that the manual-equipped Paceman gets a new-style clutch assembly said to eliminate the engagement difficulties some experienced in the Countryman. It also just doesn't have the reflexes of a smaller.
If you tend to forget that the traditionally English brand Mini is actually owned by , a single look at the Mini Paceman should remind you. There are a couple asterisks to the foregoing. Engine choices boil down to a 1. Interior Features As with the exterior, the Mini design team works overtime to remind owners that they're in possession of a car that thumbs its nose at convention, and the Paceman is no exception to this ethic. Model Lineup The 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman comes in several models. The idea is to give owners lots of latitude to customize their cars, and of course increase the corporate bottom line.