Mini has officially unveiled the Paceman and shown it off in its production form for the first time. The all-new Mini Paceman is set to make its full debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The car is expected to go on sale in the UK from March 2013 and will be priced from £18,970.
There will be seven different variants of the Paceman as well as a sportier John Cooper Works Paceman that will arrive at a later date. The entry level Cooper Paceman is powered 119bhp turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine. Whereas the more powerful, the Cooper S will belt out 181bhp and go from 0-62 mph in 7.5 second. The car is available as either a front wheel drive or four-wheel-drive ‘ALL4’ alternative.
The cheapest diesel option is the Cooper D which has a power output of 110bhp and will cost £20,210 to purchase. However it is also the most frugal car in the entire variant range of the new Paceman and has a combined consumption of 64.2mpg when together with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Cooper SD produces 141bhp but will set you owner back £23,070.
The Paceman is aimed at being more sporty than the Mini Countryman while proving more space than a standard Mini Hatchback. The springs and shock absorbers have been tweaked to offer a more direct approach to handling. As standard the Paceman is to have lowered suspension compared to its counterpart. However the car can also be ordered with regular suspension too.
It uses the same floor design as the Countryman and has the same wheelbase as the five door version. The Paceman is altogether 40mm lower than the Countryman with a height of 1518mm. The boot space is measured at 330 litres, about 20 litres less than its older brother; however the space increases to 1080 when the rear seats are folded in.