The MINI all-wheel drive system ALL4 will be available in the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper Paceman starting July 2013. This brings the total number of MINI models equipped with ALL4 all-wheel drive system to ten. Coming as standard for the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 is a 6-speed manual transmission, with a 6-speed automatic gearbox coming as an option.
ALL4 all-wheel drive system promises improved traction, enhanced grip and better driving stability and ability for MINI drivers, helping them remain in control of their vehicles even when cruising through snow or slippery surfaces. Based on an electromagnetic center differential, the MINI ALL4 distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle.
ALL4’s electronic control system is integrated directly in the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) control unit, allowing it to direct drive torque quickly and precisely to where it can be effectively transformed into forward thrust.
In the new models, the ALL4 all-wheel drive system distributes the power of a 1.6-liter 122-bhp four-cylinder engine between the front and rear wheels. The engine provides up to 160 Nm (190 Nm on automatic transmission) of torque at 4,250 rpm, assuring spontaneous forward thrust.
This power output and torque allows the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds (11.7 seconds on automatic transmission) and reach a top speed of 184 km/h (182 km/h on automatic transmission).
The MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4, meanwhile, could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.8 seconds (11.6 seconds on automatic transmission) and reach a top speed of 185 km/h (183 km/h on automatic transmission).
The ALL4 system also allows the new models to become more fuel efficient. The MINI Countryman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 both consume an average of 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (7.5 liters on automatic transmission) on the EU test cycle and emits 167 grams of carbon dioxide (175 on automatic transmission) per kilometer.
The advanced chassis of the MINI Paceman highlights the agility the brand is known for. It is composed of a MacPherson spring strut on the front axle with the multi-link rear axle being paired with forged cross members. For this latest offering, MINI will be including the lower sports suspension as standard and even put in the Dynamic Stability Control or DSC.
Standard as well will be the Electric Power Steering and with its Servotronic function, is expected to heighten that go-kart feel on the inside. The new Paceman showcases agile handling complemented by exceptional passive safety. This is mainly due to the body and its high torsional rigidity. When it comes to safety features, the new Paceman boasts of having both front and side airbags. It even has side curtain airbags for the two rows of seats. Further, all of the seats will have the inertia-reel three-point seatbelts fitted to them.
Those sitting in the front are likely to experience the belt force limiters and the belt tensioners. Should the need arise, the rear seats allow for ISOFIX child seat attachments. Aside from safety, the standard equipment inside the Paceman is indeed top of the line which highlights the premium quality of this model. Examples include, among others, the MINI CD radio with the AUX-IN socket, Centre Rail, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, and air conditioning.
Various options will be made available like the sports leather steering wheel with cruise control and optional multi-function buttons. This particular feature though will be included as standard for the MINI Cooper S Paceman as well as the MINI Cooper SD Paceman.
Additional options are the electronically-controlled glass roof, heated seats, Comfort Access, Park Distance Control, Adaptive Headlights, and xenon headlights. Customers will also have access to the advanced MINI Connected on-board which allows for the use of Twitter and Facebook as well as access to web radio. This feature also offers the MINIMALISM Analyser, Driving Excitement, Dynamic Music, and Mission Control.