MINI PACEMAN SLOPES IN
Countryman coupe available from March next year, costs from £19k
Following a few leaked pictures last week, here are the official images from Mini of the new Paceman.
The Paceman is lower than the Countryman too. What that will do for comfort, not a known strength of the Countryman, remains to be seen. Interestingly, Mini is offering conventional suspension and ride height as a no-cost option. With the standard, lowered setup being described as "dynamic", perhaps the regular ride height might be advisable.
Inside, the fiour-seater Paceman cabin is divided by the Centre Rail storage and attachment system first seen in the Countryman. The familiar Mini design themes (oversized speedo, toggle switches) continue. Perhaps the most significant interior change sees the electric window switches move from the centre console to the door, about ten years too late but still welcome.
Sales of the Mini Paceman begin in Britain on 16th March 2013, with the basic Paceman Cooper set to cost £18,970. This makes the entry-level Paceman £940 more than the equivalent Countryman. Of course, the usual plethora of customisation options will be available, which means very few sub-£20k Pacemans are likely to leave Mini dealers.
The Countryman, Coupé and now the Paceman show a Mini brand that is diversifying and moving away from its core product. How much more can they do?