2011 NAIAS: MINI Paceman Concept

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Ten years ago, the NAIAS served as a platform for MINI’s North American relaunch and to celebrate, the company has introduced the Paceman concept at this year’s edition of the show. Under the bonnet of the vehicle, we find a John Cooper Works 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder unit that delivers 211 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm (207 lb-ft), which also comes with an Overboost function.

The engine delivers its power through MINI’s ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system, which uses an electromagnetic center differential, mounted on the final drive, seamlessly variating the power delivery between the axles (the rear wheels can receive up to 100 percent of the power). The concept is also offered in a two-wheel-drive form.

As for the suspension, the front axle comes with MacPherson spring struts with lower track control arms, while the rear one uses a multi-link setup.

According to the company, this is the first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium segment. The designers have used a horizontal emphasis, which is a new interpretation (the Countryman, for example, comes with a vertical design).

The vehicle comes with a bold image, using large headlights with chrome details, an interesting bonnet and borrows the Cooper S Countryman’s front grille. The vehicle rides on 19-inch rims and comes with dark wheel arch surrounds with matching side skirts, offering a rugged appearance.

The interior of the Paceman build on MINI’s traditional values but also comes with fresh elements, such a slim center console, a unique U=profile rail system that runs the entire length of the cabin and ergonomic armrests. The cabin comes with a four-seat layout, offering a sporty layout.
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