The Mini Paceman has a price tag of $23,900 (which includes destination costs), making it $1200 more expensive than the Countryman. The Mini Paceman is basically the two-door version of the Countryman. The price was revealed at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show where Mini had on display the Clubvan, the latest member of the Mini portfolio.
Paceman becomes a part of the Mini lineup shortly after its bigger sibling, which entered the family for the 2012 model year. A 121-hp 1.8-liter I-4 powers the base model but it can be raised to 181 hp if the customers opt for the racy Paceman Cooper S, which is priced $3600 higher. For just $1700 more, consumers can get all-wheel drive for the S model to create the $29,200 Paceman S ALL4.
Mini claims that the Paceman will keep its go-kart-like handling but it loses some of its distinctive Mini features as certain center controls have been transferred to the door panels.
All models feature a six-speed manual transmission as standard but a six-speed automatic is available. The following are its other standard equipment: sport seats, a two-part center rail storage (single-section center rail is extra), electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, model-specific door sill lettering, and an audio system with auxiliary sockets.
Paceman will start to arrive in dealerships on March 16, 2013. The upcoming Mini Clubvan also made an appearance at the L.A. show. The dimensions of the Clubvan are the same as the Clubman, which is where it was based on.
What makes it different is that it’s being promoted as a commercial van. It doesn’t have rear seats and its rear side windows were blocked out, with the show car’s white opaque windows seeming to promote locksmith services. In other ways, the car is very similar to the Clubman. The 2013 Clubvan, which is priced from $26,000, is scheduled to start selling this March.
MINI Paceman showcases a character all its own and at the same time displays clear ties to the British premium brand’s innovative and inimitable style. The MINI Paceman is the MINI family’s 7th model. It takes cues from modern target groups, who appreciate infectious driving fun and confident appearance. With a large tailgate and two full-size individual seats at the rear, the two-door car complements its elegant and sporty proportions with new interior rendering.
Paceman expresses its innovative concept through a body design that possesses dynamically stretched proportions as well as a muscular stance. Its multifaceted driving properties are faithfully embodied within the established MINI design language’s template. What’s more, this compact Sports Activity Coupé boasts inspirational sporting credentials that are instantly clear and has a potential to broaden its range of use through the addition of the ALL4 permanent AWD (all-wheel drive).
Moreover, the Paceman carries traditional MINI design cues, including the black lower edge bordering on the body; the clear 3-level split of the body, the passenger compartment and the roof; and the side indicator surround located on the front wheel arch and A-pillar’s diagonal link. In a distinctive Paceman manner, these design cues point to their MINI family ties.
For example, the front end exudes presence and power due to its large and distinctively shaped headlights, its strikingly sculptured bonnet, and its upright hexagonal radiator grille that’s framed by broad chrome surround.