German automaker BMW has revealed a new sporty car Mini Paceman to its Mini stable. Furthermore company has announced that all-new MINI Paceman is set for UK launch in March 2013. The Paceman is coupe version of the Countryman; four versions will be available when it arrives in showrooms next spring, including the MINI Cooper S Paceman. It will be the seventh member of the Mini stable; it will sell alongside the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupé and Roadster. However, it will go sale on 16 March 2013 with prices starting at just £18,970 on the road.
The Paceman holds the unique and legendary MINI character and obvious design cues, which tie it to the rest of the range; the three-door Paceman’s unique exterior styling makes it a eye catching car. Built on the Countryman platform, the car has length 4,109 mm (4,115mm for MINI Cooper S Paceman and Cooper SD Paceman), which makes it almost identical in size to its sibling.
The upright front grille, complete with hexagonal radiator grille and broad chrome surround, gives the Paceman genuine presence. Its coupé-style stretched side profile features long doors, while the blacked-out pillars create a ‘floating’ roof concept, as already seen on the MINI Coupé. Available in either black, white or body color, the roof gently slopes towards the rear of the car, ending at the integrated spoiler. The horizontal arrangement of the rear lights, which accentuates the car’s width, is a first for MINI. The Paceman is the only member of the brand’s line-up to be identified by a rear nameplate.
The car’s interior has been designed specifically for this model. Its highlight is the innovative rear seat, which has been styled around a lounge concept. Two individual chairs provide generous levels of head, shoulder and knee room with outstanding comfort and support. Armrests have been integrated into the rear trim. A two-section version of the MINI Centre Rail storage and attachment system – first seen in the Countryman – comes as standard. A full-length variant is available as an option. The Paceman is a strict four-seater, though practicality has not been sacrificed. Folding down the rear seats expands the rear load-carrying capacity from 330 liters to a maximum of 1,080 liters. Access is via a large and high-opening tailgate, offering extra practicality for owners.
In the front, the raised seating position gives the driver and passenger an excellent view in every direction. The instrument panel includes many familiar components, including the large round central speedo. However, its black surround and decorative inner rings in high-gloss black or chrome are new, as are the redesigned air vent surrounds. MINI’s trademark go-kart handling will be a key part of the Paceman’s appeal, enhanced by the optional all-wheel drive transmission. Lowered sports suspension as standard will help provide customers with an outstanding driving experience, though regular suspension and ride height are available as a no-cost option.
The Paceman customers will have four powerful four-cylinder engines, two petrol and two diesels to choose. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed <a href="http://www.cardekho.com/new-automatic+cars" title="Automatic Transmission cars">automatic transmission car</a> with Steptronic function for manual control. For petrol buyers, the MINI Cooper Paceman features a 1.6-liter 122bhp unit offering a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds, fuel economy of 47.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 140 g/km. The MINI Cooper S Paceman uses the same engine, tuned to deliver 184bhp. It will sprint to 62mph in 7.5 seconds. Fuel economy is 46.3mpg and emissions are 143g/km. On the other hand, the diesel version of the MINI Cooper D Paceman uses a 1.6-liter 112bhp turbocharged engine with a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds. It will provide owners with a frugal 64.2mpg fuel economy and 115g/km emissions. The flagship diesel is the MINI Cooper SD Paceman, which gets a 2.0-liter 143bhp engine. Its 0-62mph time is 9.2 seconds. Fuel economy is 61.4mpg with an emissions figure of 122g/km.