The standard MINI Paceman will come powered by a 1.6-liter engine with 122-hp and 118 lb-ft of torque and can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. Those looking for more thrill though in the automaker’s new sports activity coupe can opt for the more powerful MINI Cooper S Paceman, which has a twin-scroll turbocharged engine pushing out 184-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
While EPA figures aren’t yet available in regards to fuel efficiency, MINI has equipped its Paceman with brake-energy regeneration and auto start-stop technology to help maximize fuel economy – though it’s not clear if both will be offered in North America. To give it a much sportier appearance and drive, the automaker gives the Paceman a lowered suspension as standard, but a regular one can be installed for no additional cost.
Available on both models is MINI’s All4 all-wheel drive system, while 16-inch wheels will be standard with larger 17-, 18-, and even 19-inch wheels available as an option. Electric power steering will be standard and an electronically locking differential is available on the S model.
As for the exterior, the Paceman’s styling is further accented by a chrome-trimmed hexagonal grille. For the first time, the rear taillights feature a horizontal design, which the automaker says helps emphasize the car’s width. On the interior, the signature central speedometer makes an appearance with a new black surround while the rear of the Paceman gets two bucket seats for extra kneeroom thanks to the cutouts in the front seatbacks.
Options for the MINI Paceman include adaptive headlights, park-distance control, comfort access, and glass roof. The Paceman is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of next year, and we expect a pricing announcement as it gets closer to its release date. And look for a high-performance John Cooper Works version to arrive in a year’s time.