Any MINI knows that, in order to be loved by humans, it has to be playful. While the Countryman
had to make efforts to send this message due to the SAV-ification of its body, the Paceman can run free.
This is described as a Sports Activity Coupe, which means that, by definition, its lines are supposed to be unconventional. Up to the windshield though, nothing is changed compared to the Countryman. However, from this point on, we are treated with new styling cues.
The fresh profile is dictated by the swooping roof line
- the MINI Paceman has urban-cool looks, as if it's wearing its cap the other way around. As the roof’s profile goes down towards the rear of the car, it extends via the rear window spoiler and the visual impression it creates is accentuated.
The Paceman may look all innocent, but it’s a cheeky little devil, as it uses a few tricks to accentuate its coupe silhouette. These include the chrome lined at the base of the greenhouse, as well as the blacked out pillars, a move borrowed from the Countryman.
The rear end holds more subtle changes, but their effect adds up and makes the Paceman look more dynamic than the Countryman. The taillights
are now closer to the headlights in terms of design. It’s almost as if you’re expecting the rear hatch to include two holes for the lights like the hood does.
And in between the new rear lights sits MINI’s first model that wears a rear name tag
. Further down, we find a rear apron that, surprisingly, is more rugged than that of the Paceman. This MINI wants to be a tough guy!
Despite borrowing its front section and even its wheelbase from the MINI Countryman, the Paceman manages to allow you to instantly recognize it when standing next to its bigger brother.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I am using this occasion to express my sincere regret for the unimaginable ordeal that my late fellow Sir, Alec Issigonis, has been going through over the last few years. Each time MINI launches a new model these days, this is an... ahem... insult to the original Mini he designed and this is no exception.
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