We are living in the era of the reinvented Coupe, with more and more carmakers striving to give us this French word with as many doors as we like it. MINI, being MINI, used its own approach for redefining the term.
After the British automaker had stretched its principles into a Sports Activity Vehicle form, creating the Countryman
, now they came back and said “No, we want something that’s closer to the normal MINI
At first, it may seem that the Paceman has some aiming issues. A niche within a niche might seem too much for some. However, if we consider that the Countryman has quickly become the best-selling model in the range, a new MINI of its kind suddenly makes sense. The optional all-wheel drive is here and so is the extra space, so the main assets of the Countryman were kept.
When MINI introduced the Paceman concept back in 2011, they used complex marketing notions, such as “a new category of car”. Nevertheless, one can argue that a Countryman with a chopped roof and a few other changes at the back is not all that fresh.
Well, we wanted to see for ourselves if a few days spent with the Paceman will give us the bespoke feeling you expect from such a car. We went for the funky man’s choice, the 184 HP Cooper S, which spares you of being labeled as a poser, as it packs some decent muscle.
When we went to pick up the car, we didn’t have to search for it too much in the huge parking lot. It was the little but somehow big guy wagging its tail like a young Labrador.Continue reading