- - Thursday, September 20, 2012

The MINI brand is once again combining the expansion of its model range with a foray into a new vehicle class. Indeed, the MINI Paceman is the first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium small and compact segment. Its powerful, dynamically stretched coupe lines and hallmark MINI go-kart feeling team up with the exclusive ambience of its variable-usage interior to make the MINI Paceman a pioneer in the urban environment. Sporting prowess and versatility also define the driving characteristics of the MINI Paceman. Four powerful engine variants will be available from launch, and the standard specification of the MINI Paceman will also include lowered sports suspension. This is the second model (after the MINI Countryman), moreover, to offer the option of channelling its engine power to the road through all four wheels.

The seventh model in the MINI family has a character all of its own, while displaying clear ties to the innovative and inimitable style of the British premium brand. Its innovative vehicle concept takes its cues from the needs of modern target groups, who appreciate its confident appearance as much as the infectious driving fun on offer at the wheel. With its two doors and large tailgate, plus two full-size individual rear seats, the MINI Paceman complements the elegant sportiness of its proportions with a new rendering of the familiar MINI interior. The slightly raised seating position in the front of the car provides the driver and front passenger with an excellent view over the road, while the rear passengers enjoy generous levels of space, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort in a lounge-style ambience. Folding down the rear seats expands the load capacity of the MINI Paceman from 330 to a maximum 1,080 litres.

The petrol engines available for the MINI Cooper Paceman and MINI CooperS Paceman and the diesel units in the MINI CooperD Paceman and MINI CooperSD Paceman cover an output spread from 112 hp/82kW to 184hp/135kW. All the powerplants link up as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, although a six-speed automatic is available as an option. The MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is offered for the MINI CooperS Paceman, MINI CooperSD Paceman and MINI CooperD Paceman. Plans are in place to add a MINI John Cooper Works Paceman variant to the range in due course.

Design: powerful stature, sporty and elegant coupe lines.

The innovative concept of a compact Sports Activity Coupe is expressed in a body design that combines dynamically stretched proportions with a muscular stance. This authentic embodiment of the MINI Paceman’s multifaceted driving properties is achieved within the template of the established MINI design language. Its inspirational sporting credentials are immediately clear, as is the potential for broadening its range of use with the addition of ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive.

Traditional MINI design cues, such as the black bordering on the lower edge of the body, the side indicator surround on the diagonal link between the A-pillar and front wheel arch, and the clear three-level split

The fresh and individual character of the MINI Paceman comes across most prominently when the car is viewed from the side. Dynamically sweeping lines and powerfully curved surfaces imbue the car’s appearance with sporting elegance. The coupe-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits almost seamlessly atop the passenger compartment. Its distinctive “helmet” contours fit neatly into the coupe mould, the roofline flowing into the standard rear spoiler. The steadily rising shoulderline and gently downward-sloping roofline create side window surfaces that taper towards the rear, emphasising the wedge shape of the silhouette particularly clearly. The long doors each have a high character line, which connects the front and rear wheel arches and gives the body a lower-slung appearance. The extremely muscular rear wheel arches underline the MINI Paceman’s sporting credentials, including its ability to send a portion of its engine power through the rear wheels.

The most eye-catching new feature of the rear end are the rear lights which, in a first for MINI, display a horizontal design. As with the slim and sloping coupe-style rear window, the chrome strip below it and the horizontal creases on the tailgate and rear apron, the form of the lights further accentuates the car’s width. The concentric segmentation of the light sources in the rear lights is very much in keeping with brand tradition. The same can be said of the rear as a whole, which increases in width as it heads towards the road, drawing attention to the car’s powerful stance. The MINI Paceman is the first member of the brand’s line-up to be identified by a rear nameplate.

Interior: exclusive ambience, impressive variability.

A model-specific interpretation of traditional MINI design principles also shapes the look of the interior. The extensive use of horizontal elements champions the cause of sporting elegance. For example, the distinctive door ellipses have an extremely shallow and prominently three-dimensional form and extend back beyond the B-pillars into the rear compartment. The ellipses border the armrests and their integrated door pull recesses. Added to which, for the first time in a MINI the side window controls are integrated into the door trim. If the optional lighting package is specified, the door ellipses are bathed in an atmospheric light.

Matt-finished, ring-shaped borders in Carbon Black emphasise the form of the Center Speedo and the two air vents positioned alongside it. Decorative inner rings in high-gloss black or optional chrome are integrated as standard into the surrounds for the air vents and Center Speedo. Positioned below the Center Speedo, the CD/DVD and air conditioning control panel and toggle switches are bordered in a contrasting colour. Here, the matt black surfaces dovetail appealingly with the chromed controls.

The MINI Paceman has been designed squarely as a four-seater. The slightly raised seating position in the front of the car provides the driver and front passenger with an excellent view over the road. This effect is enhanced by the slightly forward-leaning arrangement of the familiar Center Speedo.

The pair of individual seats in the rear offer impressive shoulder room and headroom, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort, while cut-outs in the front seat backrests optimise legroom. The lounge character of the rear compartment is further enhanced by the armrests in the side panels. These are integrated into a circular rear trim element, which matches the colour and material of the seats. The individual seat layout is highlighted by two mouldings in the load compartment cover which extend out from immediately behind the head restraints into the rear.

The standard-fitted Center Rail storage and attachment system runs from just aft of the gearshift or selector lever on the center console to its finishing point between the front seats. The second section of the Center Rail is found between the rear seats and extends up to the partition between the rear compartment and boot area. This makes it easier to climb over from one of the two seats to the other. A single-section Center Rail extending between both rows of seats can be ordered as an option, offering even greater flexibility when it comes to the positioning of standard and optional function elements. The optional lighting package includes illumination of both the Center Rail and door panels.

Front sports seats are also part of the standard specification for the MINI Paceman. As an alternative to the standard Diagonal Track cloth upholstery, customers can specify the Hot Cross cloth/leather combination, Gravity leather trim or exclusive Lounge leather variant. A bespoke selection of upholstery colours, interior surfaces, Colour Lines and other design features offers a wide range of individualisation options for the interior.

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.

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