Up to the A-pillar, we have the MINI Countryman’s styling cues, but the front doors are longer, the roofline is sportier, while at the back we have a set of shoulders and a redesigned rear end with new taillights.
The Paceman is 4,109mm (161.7 inches) long or 4,115mm (162 inches) for the Cooper S and Cooper SD versions, which means that it’s 24 mm (0.94 inches) shorter than the Countryman.
The Paceman is also 10 mm (0.39 inches) closer to the road and 31 mm (1.22 inches) shorter compared to its five-door relative. The suspension has also been tweaked and MINI tells us that these changes make the car more agile. As for the luggage space capacity, this sits at 330 / 1,080 liters, compared to 350 / 1,170 liters for the Countryman.
The engine range includes two oil burners and two petrol units. It all starts with the Cooper Paceman, which uses a 122 hp 1.6-liter unit that returns 6.0l/100km (47.1mpg UK or 39.2mpg US), has CO2 emissions of 140 g/km and can deal with the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 10.8 seconds.
The same turbocharged engine also gets a 184 hp version for the Cooper S Paceman, with this completing the 0 to 62 mph run in 7.5 seconds and returning 6.1l/100km (46.3mpg UK or 38.6mpg US), while emitting 143g/km CO2.
The diesel side of the line-up includes the Cooper D Paceman, with a 112 hp 1.6-liter unit that leaves the 62 mph mark behind in 10.8 s and needs 4.4l/ 100 km (64.2mpg UK or 53.5mpg US), emitting 115g/km CO2.
Climbing higher, we find the Cooper SD Paceman, which uses a 143 hp 2.0-liter powerplant that allows it to cover the 0 to 62 mph game in 9.2 seconds and return an efficiency of 4.6l/ 100 km (61.4mpg UK or 51.1mpg US), with emissions of 122g/km CO2.
All engine use a standard six-speed manual gearbox and customers can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission. All models except the Cooper S come with front-wheel drive as standard, with a ALL-4 four-wheel drive system featured on the list of optionals.
The new MINI Paceman is set to hit the UK market in March 15, 2013, starting at GBP18,970, but the company hasn’t mentioned the US market so far.
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