Mini Paceman slopes in

Following a few leaked pictures last week, here are the official images from Mini of the new Paceman.


When it reaches Britain in the spring next year, the Paceman will be the seventh BMW Mini product. To avoid any confusion, Mini describes the Paceman as "a coupé interpretation of the Countryman". Who needs such a vehicle? Well, apparently it's "a new type of design-conscious customer". Presumably they weren't looking for these people with the Countryman.

Black my (roof) pitch up
Black my (roof) pitch up
From the outside, Mini has attempted to accentuate the coupé design themes with blacked-out C pillars and wider rear lights. It's hardly a classic coupé design, but it's certainly more aesthetically appealing than the Countryman.

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.

The wonders of the wide-angle lens
The wonders of the wide-angle lens
Mechanically, the Paceman is every inch a Countryman Coupé. It will be offered with four engines from the hatch, two petrol and two diesel. The Cooper and Cooper S petrol are both 1.6-litres, producing 122 and 184hp respectively. The diesel options are a 1.6 with 112hp in the Cooper D and a 143hp 2.0-litre in the Cooper SD. 4WD is available on Cooper D, Cooper SD and Cooper S models. A JCW derivative is also in the pipeline.

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?

Must remember to post that letter
Must remember to post that letter

600bhp model will be called Pacemaker
600bhp model will be called Pacemaker

 

 

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  • mike9009 22 Sep 2012

    Pistonwot said:
    Mini owners would knowingly buy Mini "DESPITE their IMAGE" if they understand very little about cars and are too concieted to listen to people who know a bit about cars.

    And you believed them again,
    this comedy Warranty pays for accident repairs too does it?
    Answer me this.
    What good is a warranty if your mid-bend and the steering goes?
    rofl Did marketing tell you a mechanic will jump out from behind a hedge to fix it before you crash through a wall?
    And you fell for that
    Oh dear. My wife had the power steering fail, and was able to drive ten miles. Then she couldn't park the mini.

    A little mis-directed knowledge is a dangerous thing..... wink


    Mike

  • Buzypea 22 Sep 2012


    I had a good look at a Countryman in Tescos carpark the other day, I could not believe how fugly it was at the front. It does amaze me why people buy these when there are so many other cars that are more practical, drive better and are far prettier for less money.

    The original BMW Mini is great, I've driven a Cooper S and really liked the way handled, but these spin-offs look ridiculous.

  • nickfrog 18 Sep 2012

    Pistonwot said:
    nickfrog said:
    Pistonwot said:
    nickfrog said:
    dandarez said:
    There must be more MINI haters on the PHs than any other forum in the world.
    Yes and I have no idea why, do you ? It's not like anyone HAS to buy one. I recently asked if it was due to frustration or jealousy. I got insulted in return for that as "jealousy" is the default answer here apparently, so it deffo can't be that.


    Try listening maybe? Have you considered that others really may know better?
    Have you ever considered that many MINI buyers buy them DESPITE their image ?

    PS pump known fault by who ? You? Does it affect R56 models or just Gen 1? MINI Warranty £300/year anyway.

    Now. If you ignore image (I can, maybe you can too, unless it's so important to you?), can you think of a better quickish hatch than a 4-year old MCS with 30K on the clock for £8K ? Please come up with an alternative, it's an honest question.

    I now really believe this is sheer jealousy though.

    Edited by nickfrog on Monday 17th September 16:23
    Mini owners would knowingly buy Mini "DESPITE their IMAGE" if they understand very little about cars and are too concieted to listen to people who know a bit about cars.
    The worst part?
    These angry efforts to convince those who know better to believe the marketing spiel. Then how the Mini Appreciation Club berate them when they dont fall for it too. (others really do know better, remember)

    Did you consider that Mini drivers are maybe very easily pleased and then too ashamed to admit their mistake?

    And you believed them again,
    this comedy Warranty pays for accident repairs too does it?
    Answer me this.
    What good is a warranty if your mid-bend and the steering goes?
    rofl Did marketing tell you a mechanic will jump out from behind a hedge to fix it before you crash through a wall?
    And you fell for that too! wobbleblahnutssilly

    Theres a huge choice of far better cars for that kind of money, try asking someone who knows.

    Jealous of what? The M.A.C's keep bleating "jealous" without embellishing.
    Strange this rediculously whiney whinge is so well suited to the image I have of Mini, erm,, enthusiasts.
    Err...

    On what basis do you think you know more than me about cars ? What's your background ? Do you favour a chassis with a high polar moment of inertia like the MINI hatch or do you prefer the reassurance of lower PMOI? What toe setting do you prefer ? Do you like cars where you can adjust the camber front and rear like the MINI which allows me to run an almost neutral balance ? Or do you not care ? Do you like modulation in brake set up or do you prefer an over-servoed pedal ? Do you understand suspension kinematics ? I could carry on.... Don't judge a book by its cover. Get rid of your prejudice. There are a lot of very knowledgable MINI owners. It's actually a great chassis to start in motorsport http://www.minichallenge.co.uk/ Talking of which, how many years in the UK motorsport industry do you have behing you to claim to be an authority on car dynamics ? In other words, who are you ?

    I know you struggle with reading but the PS pump issues (still not sure what you're on about with this one btw) have been eliminated with the R56 MINI launched in 2006, which has NO steering pump.

    You still haven't mentioned any better alternative than a 4 year old MCS at £8K.

    Again, I DON'T CARE ABOUT IMAGE, MARKETING OR GADGETS. I test drove a MINI hatch and bought it for the way it drives. Do you get it ?

    Guess what there is not such thing as a typical MINI owner. They're bought by all kind of people, idiots and people who are not such idiots, a bit like people on PH, clearly. Have you been to school at all ?

    Edited by nickfrog on Tuesday 25th September 10:50

  • Pistonwot 18 Sep 2012

    nickfrog said:
    Pistonwot said:
    nickfrog said:
    dandarez said:
    There must be more MINI haters on the PHs than any other forum in the world.
    Yes and I have no idea why, do you ? It's not like anyone HAS to buy one. I recently asked if it was due to frustration or jealousy. I got insulted in return for that as "jealousy" is the default answer here apparently, so it deffo can't be that.


    Try listening maybe? Have you considered that others really may know better?
    Have you ever considered that many MINI buyers buy them DESPITE their image ?

    PS pump known fault by who ? You? Does it affect R56 models or just Gen 1? MINI Warranty £300/year anyway.

    Now. If you ignore image (I can, maybe you can too, unless it's so important to you?), can you think of a better quickish hatch than a 4-year old MCS with 30K on the clock for £8K ? Please come up with an alternative, it's an honest question.

    I now really believe this is sheer jealousy though.

    Edited by nickfrog on Monday 17th September 16:23
    Mini owners would knowingly buy Mini "DESPITE their IMAGE" if they understand very little about cars and are too concieted to listen to people who know a bit about cars.
    The worst part?
    These angry efforts to convince those who know better to believe the marketing spiel. Then how the Mini Appreciation Club berate them when they dont fall for it too. (others really do know better, remember)

    Did you consider that Mini drivers are maybe very easily pleased and then too ashamed to admit their mistake?

    And you believed them again,
    this comedy Warranty pays for accident repairs too does it?
    Answer me this.
    What good is a warranty if your mid-bend and the steering goes?
    rofl Did marketing tell you a mechanic will jump out from behind a hedge to fix it before you crash through a wall?
    And you fell for that too! wobbleblahnutssilly

    Theres a huge choice of far better cars for that kind of money, try asking someone who knows.

    Jealous of what? The M.A.C's keep bleating "jealous" without embellishing.
    Strange this rediculously whiney whinge is so well suited to the image I have of Mini, erm,, enthusiasts.




  • y2blade 18 Sep 2012

    Agent Orange said:
    dandarez said:
    There must be more MINI haters on the PHs than any other forum in the world.
    nickfrog said:
    Yes and I have no idea why, do you ? It's not like anyone HAS to buy one. I recently asked if it was due to frustration or jealousy. I got insulted in return for that as "jealousy" is the default answer here apparently, so it deffo can't be that.
    y2blade said:
    The "PH Mini hate" mentality Puzzles me too tbh.
    Great cars imho, yes I've driven most of the variants including the coupe and countryman.
    BMW drivers don't indicate
    Audi drivers are wkers
    Porsche drivers are wkers
    Aston drivers are elitist wkers
    Ford drivers are thieves or dole cheats
    Bentley Continental drivers are chavs
    MX-5 drivers gay or hairdressers
    BMW Mini drivers are gay, estate agents, hair dressers or clueless school run mums

    And if I've made a grammatical or spelling mistake I'll be lambasted. wink

    These are the rules of PH. Man up and get over it. winkbiggrin
    biggrin

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