The new MINI Paceman is a coupé version of the Countryman and it’s set for launch in March 2013, with the MINI Cooper D Paceman returning fuel economy of 64.2mpg.
The seventh unique member of the MINI family will sell alongside the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupé and Roadster.
All-wheel drive transmission will be optional, with lowered sports suspension as standard – although regular suspension and ride height will be available as a no-cost option.
From launch there will be two petrol and two diesel four-cylinder engines. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic function for manual control.
For petrol buyers, the MINI Cooper Paceman features a 1.6-litre 122bhp unit offering a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds, fuel economy of 47.1mpg with CO 2 emissions of 140 g/km.
The MINI Cooper S Paceman uses the same engine, tuned to deliver 184bhp and 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds. Fuel economy is 46.3mpg and emissions are 143g/km.
The MINI Cooper D Paceman uses a 1.6-litre 112bhp turbocharged engine with a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds along with 64.2mpg fuel economy and 115g/km emissions.
The MINI Cooper SD Paceman gets a 2.0-litre 143bhp engine delivering a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds and fuel economy of 61.4mpg with emissions of 122g/km.
MINI’s ALL4 four-wheel drive system is available on the Cooper D, SD and Cooper S Paceman models. A John Cooper Works Paceman version is in development.
A sport button, optional on Cooper and Cooper D, tweaks the engine’s responses and the power assistance provided by the steering.
Driver aids include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard across the range, with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) 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.
The Paceman has MINIMALISM environmental systems fitted as standard including Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units, all of which help cut fuel use and reduce emissions.
A tyre pressure warning system is on every Paceman. 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.
The MINI Paceman will go sale on 16 March 2013 with prices starting at £18,970.
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