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The high-opening tailgate of the MINI Paceman and its low boot sill allow the luggage area to be accessed in comfort. Load capacity stands at 330 litres, increasing to 1,080litres when the rear seat backrests are folded down.

The options list for the MINI Paceman contains a storage package (containing features such as additional function elements for the Center Rail), a rear carrier preparation and a trailer coupling.

Engine range: extremely powerful, remarkably efficient.

Four variants of the MINI Paceman will be available from launch. Customers will have a choice of two petrol engines and a pair of diesel units - all with four cylinders and their zesty power delivery accompanied by remarkably low fuel consumption and emissions. The MINIMALISM technology fitted as standard on all models includes Brake Energy Regeneration, the need-based operation of ancillary components, Electric Power Steering and the Gear Shift Indicator which, like the Auto Start/Stop function, works in tandem with the manual gearbox.

A shared feature of the 1.6-litre petrol engines powering the MINI CooperS Paceman and MINI Cooper Paceman is fully variable valve management. Based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology, this system optimises both the engine’s responses and its efficiency. Under the bonnet of the MINI CooperS Paceman, this system joins forces with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection to generate maximum output of 135kW/184hp at 5,500rpm. Plus, peak torque of 240Newton metres (177 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,600 and 5,000rpm. An overboost function is at the driver’s disposal to provide particularly powerful bursts of acceleration, increasing torque to as much as 260Newton metres (192 lb-ft) for a short time between 1,700 and 4,500rpm. All of which enables the

MINI CooperS Paceman to sprint from 0 to 100km/h / 62 mph in 7.5seconds (automatic: 7.8seconds) on the way to a top speed of 217km/h / 135 mph (212km/h / 132 mph). Despite this smile-inducing acceleration, average fuel economy in the EU test cycle stands at an impressive 6.1 (7.1) litres per 100 kilometres / 46.3 (39.8) mpg imp and CO2 emissions are just 143 (166)grams per kilometre.

Developing maximum output of 90kW/122hp at 6,000rpm and with peak torque of 160Newton metres (118 lb-ft) available from 4,250rpm, the engine powering the MINI Cooper Paceman also has what it takes to fuel plenty of sporty driving fun. The 0-100km/h / 62 mph dash is all over in 10.4seconds (automatic: 11.5seconds) and top speed stands at 192km/h / 119 mph (184km/h / 114 mph). Average fuel consumption for the MINI Cooper Paceman in the EU test cycle is 6.0 (7.2)litres per 100 kilometres / 47.1 (39.2) mpg imp, while CO2 emissions come in at 140 (168)grams per kilometre.

A turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and common-rail direct injection allows the diesel powerplants driving the MINI CooperSD Paceman and MINI CooperD Paceman to offer both instantaneous pulling power and exceptionally low fuel consumption. What’s more, the engines’ aluminium construction allows weight to be kept impressively low and smoothness to take a front seat. The engine fitted in the MINI CooperSD Paceman produces maximum output of 105kW/143hp at 4,000rpm from its 2.0-litre displacement. Maximum torque of 305Newton metres (225 lb-ft) can be accessed between 1,750 and 2,700rpm. The resultant power delivery allows the MINI CooperSD Paceman to sprint from rest to 100km/h / 62 mph in 9.2seconds (automatic: 9.4seconds) and hands it a top speed of 200 (197) km/h / 124 (122) mph. The impressive efficiency of the more powerful of the two diesel engines is reflected in average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 4.6 (5.7) litres per 100 kilometres / 61.4 (49.6) mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 122(150) grams per kilometre.

The MINI CooperD Paceman also stands out with its superb balance of brawn and economy. Its diesel powerplant has 1.6-litre displacement, rising to 2.0litres if the optional automatic gearbox is specified. Maximum output stands at 82kW/112hp and is available from 4,000rpm, while peak torque of 270Newton metres (199 lb-ft) is served up between 1,750 and 2,250rpm. The MINI CooperD Paceman accelerates from 0 to 100km/h / 62 mph in 10.8seconds (automatic: 11.2seconds) on the way to a top speed of 187(182) km/h / 116 (113) mph. The exemplary efficiency of this variant is headlined by average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 4.4(5.6)litres per 100 kilometres / 64.2 (50.4) mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 115 (149)grams per kilometre.

Six-speed automatic gearbox and ALL4 all-wheel drive on the options list.

The MINI Paceman is equipped as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a six-speed automatic - complete with the Steptronic function enabling manual gearshifts - is available as an option for all models. In the MINI CooperS Paceman and MINI CooperSD Paceman, the automatic gearbox also comes with shift paddles attached to the steering wheel; these can be ordered as an option for all other models. Extra helpings of driving fun can be summoned with a touch of the optional Sport Button, which tweaks the engine’s responses and the power assistance provided by the steering.

In models ordered with the automatic gearbox, the Sport Button can be used to activate a specially tuned sport program which makes various adjustments, including extra zip for the gear changes.

Three of the four model variants can be equipped with ALL4 from the launch of the compact Sports Activity Coupe. The permanent all-wheel-drive system is available for the MINI CooperS Paceman, MINI CooperSD Paceman and MINI CooperD Paceman and can be combined with either the manual gearbox or the automatic.

Comprehensive safety equipment and high-quality comfort-enhancing features.

The high torsional rigidity of the MINI Paceman’s body plays an important role in both its agile handling and its impressive passive safety. In the event of a crash, extremely robust load-path structures, precisely defined deformation zones and an extremely strong passenger compartment are on hand to keep the impact energy away from the car’s occupants and ensure maximum protection for all those on board. Like the MINI Countryman, which passed the Euro NCAP crash test with the maximum five-star rating, the MINI Paceman’s standard-fitted safety arsenal includes front and side airbags, as well as side curtain airbags for both rows of seats. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts. Front seat occupants will also find belt tensioners and belt force limiters, while in the rear ISOFIX child seat attachments are in place should they be required.