14 September 2012

MINI Paceman -7th member of MINI family

MINI presents the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment, the  MINI Paceman. It is the seventh model in the brand family and offers an innovative combination of sporty, extrovert design, hallmark MINI driving fun and an exclusive interior ambience; unique, yet uniquely MINI.

The latest crossover was previewed at Detroit 2011, and it is an extension of the Countryman crossover-SUV, further crossed-breed with the coupe concept, giving birth to a two-door body, with higher-than-average ground clearance and with unmistakeable Countryman's nose.

The upright front end exudes power and presence; hexagonal radiator grille with broad chrome surround, black bordering on the lower edge of the body and other typically MINI design elements with an individual touch; coupé-style stretched side profile with long doors, dynamically downward-sloping roofline and greenhouse tapering towards the rear; muscular flared wheel arches with distinctive helmet roof form adapted from MINI Coupe. It is aft the longer front door where the Paceman differs greatly from the Countryman. There is a more pronounced hunches accommodating wider wheel arch, steeply raked rear screen and a redesigned rear fascia.

The interior mirrors those on the MINI Countryman, right down the separated rear seat. While you can have the 5 seater version on the Countryman, it is strictly 4 seater coziness here. The boot volume is practical 330L, expandable to 1,080L with the folded rear seats.

There are four variants of Paceman available from the launch namely Cooper Paceman, Cooper S Paceman, Cooper D Paceman and Cooper SD Paceman. All variants come with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic as an option while MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system available for the MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman and MINI Cooper D Paceman. More details after the jump.

MINI Cooper S Paceman is powered by the four-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology displacing 1,598 cc, It produces 184hp@5,500 rpm of power and 240Nm of torque from 1,600 – 5,000 rpm where 260 Nm can be have with overboost function. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h is 7.5 seconds while top speed is  217 km/h. Average fuel consumption according to EU is 6.1L/100km and  CO2 emissions is 143 g/km.

MINI Cooper Paceman meanwhile is powered by smaller 1,598cc with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology. It kicks out 122hp@6,000 rpm and 160Nm@4,250rpm of power and torque respectively. Century sprint is 10.4 seconds while top speed is 192km/h (184 km/h. Average fuel consumption according to EU is 6.0L/100km and emits140 g/km of CO2.

MINI Cooper D Paceman is the starter of the diesel variety. It packs a four-cylinder 1,598cc  turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail injection and variable turbine geometry. It delivers  112hp@4,000rpm and  270Nm of torque from 1,750 – 2,250 rpm. The automatic version is however powered by 1,995cc unit with similar output. Performance-wise, the D Paceman will accelerate to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds while top speed is 187 km/h. Average fuel consumption according to EU cycle is impressive 4.4L/100km and CO2 emission is 115 g/km.

The higher-powered MINI Cooper SD Paceman with similar diesel technology unit but displacing 1,995 cc producing 143hp@4,000 rpm and 305Nm between 1,750 – 2 700 rpm. Acceleration to 100 km/h is 9.2 seconds while  top speed is bang on  200 km/h.  Average fuel consumption is 4.6L/100km while CO2 emissions is122 g/km.

MINI Paceman measures 4,109mm long (MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman is 4,115mm) while width is 1,786mm and height is 1,518mm(MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 1,522mm). The Sport Activity Coupe sits on a wheelbase of  2,596mm and suspended by McPherson spring struts and forged cross members at the front axle and a multi-link setup at therea. Electric Power Steering with Servotronic function and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) are standard while Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) is optional (standard on the MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman and MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4). Wheel size is 16-inch light-alloy wheels as standard (MINI Cooper S Paceman and MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 17-inch); 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels available as an option.

MINI Paceman will be on sale next year and will premier at upcoming Paris Motor Show at the end of  the month. 

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