We were delighted to see the fresh new MINI Paceman as a concept at the Detroit Auto Show, and now the production version has broken cover ahead of its Paris debut. The Paceman is essentially a two-door, chopped-roof version of the MINI Countryman micro-crossover. Though it will share the Countryman’s engines and BMW-designed ALL4 AWD system, the Paceman gets an all-new 4-seat interior with plenty of space for a pair of adults in the comfortable rear buckets.
Powertrains and Features
Expect the familiar MINI Cooper and Cooper S engines, which means a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter or an optional 181-horsepower turbocharged version of the same engine. With 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions, the Paceman will be available with FWD or AWD.
Two ride heights will be available, with the standard suspension offering a little extra ground clearance while the optional sport suspension will lower ride height and lead to sharper handling characteristics. Auto Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand auxiliary system use will help with fuel efficiency, though we won’t likely see the diesel variants that will be available in Europe.
Optional features will include Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, a power sliding glass roof, and MINI’s navigation and MINI Connected infotainment systems.
Pricing and Availability
U.S. pricing for the 2013 Paceman has not yet been released, but expect it to sit at right around the level of the MINI Countryman, which starts at $22,400 and ranges up to around $28,000. United Kingdom release is confirmed for March 2013, with the Paceman hitting U.S. showrooms right around the same time.