The MINI brand stages its relaunch in North America by revealing the Paceman Concept, which seeks to create a new category of cars, by combining a sporty, masculine look, some versatility and coupe styling, with the dimensions of the four-door MINI Countryman. At a glance, the Paceman Concept appears to be a rival to the 2012 Land Rover Evoque.
MINI said that the concept is the first Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) in the small car segment that mixes lifestyle elements with premium quality.
These photos prove that the car has the familiar MINI family front end; however, it has new headlights with chrome surrounds that extend far into the front wings. In addition, the Paceman Concept features a new front grille design inspired by the Cooper S Countryman.
MINI Paceman Concept’s version of the side scuttle at the transition from front wing to door houses the side direction indicator and an air outlet.
The rear end of the car has an impressive appearance and it has been fitted with entirely new tail lights, a new rear roof spoiler and a new bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system. Paceman Concept rides on 19-inch wheels made exclusively for the study car and dark wheel arch borders with side skirts highlighted in the same color.
The measurements of this four-seater car are 4,110 millimeters in length, 1,789 millimeters in width and 1,541 millimeters in height.
The interior continues the MINI design language. As a result, the new instrument panel is defined by its distinctive, concave forms.
The concept is powered by a MINI John Cooper Works 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine that delivers 155 kW/211 hp and a maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft), which can be raised to as much as 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) in short bursts because of the Overboost function.