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MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept

MINI Paceman Concept
Make MINI
Model Paceman
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder

The MINI Paceman concept is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The event was chosen to also highlight the fact it has been 10 years since the new MINI first arrived on US shores.

The MINI Paceman is being billed as the first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium small segment of the market - but with vehicle segments getting more and more tightly defined that's not too much to shout about. Additionally, calling the Paceman a coupe is quite misleading.

Currently MINI's management haven't decided on whether to make the Paceman concept into a production model. Although they have made it clear that it is being carefully considered.

Jochen Goller, MINI Director for BMW UK said of the Paceman concept and its predecessors: "Following last year's launch of the MINI Countryman and the forthcoming launches of the MINI Coupé and Roadster, the Paceman Concept shows once again not only the innovative spirit and adventure among its design team, but also the potential breadth of the MINI brand as it grows and develops."


Styling
The design of the MINI Paceman concept draws inspiration from two of the company's most recent vehicles. The Paceman is based on the MINI Countryman's architecture - but with only two doors, and the styling - especially the roof - is inspired by the sleek looks of the MINI Coupe Concept.

The roof is painted in a contrasting color and designed to appear as if it is floating on an uninterrupted band of glass which wraps around the car. MINI have achieved this sleek look by painting all the pillars in gloss black to match the darkened windows.

The radiator grille of the MINI Paceman is essentially the same as that of the Cooper S Countryman barring additional air intakes in the bumper to deliver improved brake ventilation and the incorporation of new deep set fog lights.

"In contrast to the more vertical design of the MINI Countryman, we've given the MINI Paceman Concept a horizontal emphasis and accentuated the width of the car rather more to underline the powerful appearance of the study," explained Marcus Syring, Head of MINI Exterior Design.

The rear apron of the MINI Paceman concept features a diffuser that channels the airflow between the twin exhausts for better aerodynamics.


Interior
The interior of the MINI Paceman concept is designed to have a more masculine feel than some of the other models in the current lineup. The instrument panel of the Paceman is defined by its distinctive, concave forms, central speedometer and gearshift lever which features outer rings in a contrasting color.

The slim centre console, which maximizes legroom for the driver and front passenger, blends into the Centre Rail structure which is a feature from the MINI Countryman.

Behind the front sports seats are two individual rear seats. All the seats are trimmed in a light shade of leather which MINI's designers hope lend the interior a "club lounge" feel.


Drivetrain
Powering the MINI Paceman concept is MINI's most potent engine option, a John Cooper Works tuned 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder. This unit develops 211 hp and generates maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft), the latter value having the capacity to reach 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) in brief bursts thanks to the Overboost function.

Because the MINI Paceman concept is based on the Countryman, that means it also gets the option of MINI's ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system.



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