The Mini Paceman is expected in Australia in March
Paceman is a new Mini for 2013
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18th September, 2012
The Mini brand is expanding its model range once again.
The new model's dynamically stretched coupé lines and hallmark Mini go-kart feeling team up with the ambience of its
variable-usage interior to make the Mini Paceman something a little different for the urban environment. Sporting prowess
and versatility also define the driving characteristics of the Mini Paceman. Four engine variants will be available from
launch (in Europe), and the standard specification of the Mini Paceman will also include lowered sports suspension. This
is the second model (after the Mini Countryman) to offer the option of channelling its engine power to the road through
all four wheels.
The seventh model in the Mini line-up has a 'character' all of its own, while displaying clear ties to the innovative
and inimitable style of the BMW-owned British 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
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 Cooper S Paceman and the diesel units in the Mini
Cooper D Paceman and Mini Cooper SD Paceman cover an output spread from 82 kW (112 hp) to 135 kW (184 hp). 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 Cooper S Paceman, Mini Cooper SD Paceman and Mini
Cooper D Paceman. Plans are in place to add a Mini John Cooper Works Paceman variant to the range in due course.
The innovative concept of what Mini call a compact Sports Activity Coupé is expressed in a body design that combines
dynamically stretched proportions with a 'muscular' stance. This 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 of body, passenger
compartment and roof, point – in a distinctive Paceman way – to their Mini family ties. The front end, for example,
exudes power and presence thanks to its large, distinctively shaped headlights, strikingly sculptured bonnet and upright
hexagonal radiator grille, which is framed on the Mini Paceman by a particularly broad chrome surround.
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
coupé-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits almost seamlessly atop the passenger compartment. Its
distinctive “helmet” contours fit neatly into the coupé mould, the roofline flowing into the standard rear spoiler. The
steadily rising shoulderline and gently downward-sloping roofline provide 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 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 coupé-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.
Eight exterior paint shades are available for the Mini Paceman, including the new Brilliant Copper, Blazing Red and –
exclusively for the Mini Paceman – Starlight Blue variants. The roof and exterior mirror caps can be painted in body
colour, white or black.
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 Centre 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 Centre Speedo. Positioned below the Centre 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 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 Centre 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 lay-out 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 Centre Rail storage and attachment system runs from just aft of the gearshift or selector lever on
the centre console to its finishing point between the front seats. The second section of the Centre 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 Centre 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 Centre 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 1,080 litres 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
Centre Rail), a rear carrier preparation and a trailer coupling.
In Europe, 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 power delivery accompanied by 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 Cooper S 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 Cooper S Paceman, this system joins forces with a twin-scroll
turbocharger and direct injection to generate maximum output of 135 kW (184 hp) at 5,500 rpm. Plus, peak torque of 240
Newton metres (177 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm.
An overboost function is at the driver’s disposal to provide powerful bursts of acceleration, increasing torque to as
much as 260 Newton metres (192 lb-ft) for a short time between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. All of which enables the Mini Cooper
S Paceman to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.8 seconds) on the way to a top speed of 217
km/h/135 mph (212 km/h / 132 mph). Despite this smile-inducing acceleration, average fuel economy in the EU test cycle
stands at 6.1 (7.1) litres per 100 kilometres/46.3 (39.8) mpg imp and CO2 emissions are just 143 (166) grammes per
Developing maximum output of 90 kW (122 hp) at 6,000 rpm and with peak torque of 160 Newton metres (118 lb-ft)
available from 4,250 rpm, the engine powering the Mini Cooper Paceman also has what it takes to fuel plenty of sporty
driving fun. The 0-100 km/h (62 mph) dash is all over in 10.4 seconds (automatic: 11.5 seconds) and top speed stands at
192 km/h/119 mph (184 km/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) grammes per kilometre.
A turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and common-rail direct injection allows the diesel powerplants driving
the Mini Cooper SD Paceman and Mini Cooper D Paceman to offer both instantaneous pulling power and low fuel consumption.
What’s more, the engines’ aluminium construction allows weight to be kept low and smoothness to take a front seat (so to
speak). The engine fitted in the Mini Cooper SD Paceman produces maximum output of 105 kW (143 hp) at 4,000 rpm from its
2.0-litre displacement. Maximum torque of 305 Newton metres (225 lb-ft) can be accessed between 1,750 and 2,700 rpm. The
resultant power delivery allows the Mini Cooper SD Paceman to sprint from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds
(automatic: 9.4 seconds) and has 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) grammes per kilometre.
The Mini Cooper D Paceman stands out with its superb balance of brawn and economy. Its diesel powerplant has 1.6-litre
displacement, rising to 2.0 litres if the optional automatic gearbox is specified. Maximum output stands at 82 kW (112
hp) and is available from 4,000 rpm, while peak torque of 270 Newton metres (199 lb-ft) is served up between 1,750 and
2,250 rpm. The Mini Cooper D Paceman accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds (automatic: 11.2 seconds) on
the way to a top speed of 187 (182) km/h / 116 (113) mph. The 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) grammes 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 Cooper S
Paceman and Mini Cooper SD 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 programme 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 Coupé. The
permanent all-wheel-drive system is available for the Mini Cooper S Paceman, Mini Cooper SD Paceman and Mini Cooper D
Paceman and can be combined with either the manual gearbox or the automatic.
The ALL4 system uses an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear
axles. In normal driving situations ALL4 diverts up to 50 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, rising to as
much as 100 per cent in extreme conditions, such as on ice and snow-covered surfaces. The control electronics of the MINI
ALL4 system are integrated directly into the DSC management unit, enabling drive to be distributed between the front and
rear axle as and when required – and in a matter of milliseconds. This set-up optimises fuel economy and ensures the car
displays maximum agility in the face of fluctuating dynamic requirements, while delivering surefooted, and thus typically
Mini, handling characteristics.
The construction of the Mini Paceman’s chassis – consisting of a MacPherson spring strut front axle and forged cross
members in tandem with a multi-link rear axle – underpins its agility. A feature particular to the Mini Paceman is the
sporty set-up of the lowered suspension, although the car can also be ordered with regular suspension and ride height as
a no-cost option. The precise and efficient Electric Power Steering likewise enhances the ever-present go-kart feeling on
board the Mini Paceman. The steering system’s standard Servotronic function provides speed-sensitive power assistance.
The standard-fitted DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system comprises ABS anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Force
Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Hill Assist. The Mini Cooper S Paceman, Mini Cooper
SD Paceman and Mini Cooper D Paceman with ALL4 also come with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode, which allows
controlled slip through the driven wheels to ease moving off on loose sand or deep snow. When the stability system is
deactivated (in DSC Off mode) an electronic locking function for the front axle differential comes into play. In tight
corners it brakes a spinning wheel as required to enhance handling. Known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC),
this system enhances the car’s traction without adversely affecting its steering properties. DTC and EDLC are available
for the Mini Cooper Paceman and Mini Cooper D Paceman as an option.
Standard specification also includes light-alloy wheels – in 16-inch format for the Mini Cooper Paceman and Mini
Cooper D Paceman and 17-inch guise for the Mini Cooper S Paceman and Mini Cooper SD Paceman. And 18-inch and 19-inch
light-alloy wheels can be ordered as an option for all model variants.
Safety equipment and 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, robust load-path structures, precisely defined deformation zones and
a 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.
The high-quality standard equipment of the Mini Paceman also fits the brand’s premium character as far as comfort and
functionality are concerned. Air conditioning, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, the Centre Rail, model-specific
door sill lettering and the radio Mini CD audio system with AUX-IN socket are included as standard on all model variants.
The options list, meanwhile, contains items such as a sports leather steering wheel (standard on the Mini Cooper S
Paceman and Mini Cooper SD Paceman) with optional multifunction buttons and cruise control, an armrest between the front
seats, heated seats, automatic climate control and an electrically operated glass roof. Also on the options list are
Comfort Access, xenon Adaptive Headlights with black headlight housing, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior
mirrors, Park Distance Control, front fog lamps and a rain sensor.
Customers can take on-board entertainment and navigation capability to new levels with the radio Mini Boost CD, radio
Mini Visual Boost, harman/kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system and Mini navigation system. A voice control system, a
hands-free system/mobile phone preparation and a DAB tuner for receiving digital radio programmes can also be specified.
Cars fitted with the radio Mini Visual Boost or Mini navigation system can also be ordered with the Mini Connected
option, which allows full Apple iPhone integration and therefore the use of innovative infotainment, communications and
driving experience functions. Specially developed apps open the door to a unique and constantly expanding variety of
functions such as web radio, Facebook and Twitter usage, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement, Mission Control and the
The new Mini Paceman is scheduled to arrive in Australia during March 2013. Stay tuned for local prices and
specifications (in due course).