MINI Paceman is a Sports Activity Coupe for America: 2012 LA Auto Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Making its North American debut today at the 2012 LA Auto Show is the MINI Paceman, a vehicle that the British automaker calls a ‘Sports Activity Coupe.’

The three-door crossover is the seventh model in the brand’s growing lineup and will be the second to feature the automaker’s All4 all-wheel drive system. At its launch, the Paceman will be available with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with 121 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged variant with 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine also offers an overboost option that provides 192 lb-ft of torque for small periods of time.

The British automaker also confirmed that the American Paceman models will come with a Brake Energy Regeneration system along with an Auto Start/Stop feature to help improve fuel efficiency. It is the first of MINI’s models in America to come with its Brake Energy Regeneration system.

The Paceman will comfortably seat four inside and will come standard with 16-inch wheels, though 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels will be available as an option. Coming standard will be a lowered Sport suspension, though a standard suspension can be ordered at no additional cost.

Options for the Paceman model include adaptive headlights, park-distance control, comfort access, and a glass roof. The Paceman will go on sale starting in the first quarter of 2013.


Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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