MINI Paceman unveiled

MINI’s three-door version of the Countryman set for UK launch next March.

MINI’s three-door version of the Countryman set for UK launch next March.

Styled as a coupe twist on the MINI Countryman, four versions of the new three-door MINI Paceman will be available from next spring, including the MINI Cooper S Paceman, which will do 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds.

The Paceman is the seventh model in the MINI range and is built on the Countryman platform. Inside, the strict four-seater’s centrepiece is the back seat. Based on a lounge concept, the two individual seats are separated by a centre rail, which can be used for storage. The rear seats also fold down to expand the boot capacity from 330 litres to a maximum of 1,080 litres. The dividing rail is available at full length as an option.

Four engine options are available. A 1.6-litre 122bhp petrol returns 47.1mpg with emissions of 140g/km in the Cooper Paceman. The same engine is tuned to 184bhp in the Cooper S, returning 46.3mpg and emitting 143g/km. The Cooper D uses a 1.6-litre 112bhp turbocharged diesel that returns 64.2mpg and emits 115g/km, while the Cooper SD Paceman gets a 2.0-litre 143bhp engine with a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds, returning 61.4mpg, with emissions of 122g/km.

Lower suspension as standard is designed to heighten MINI’s signature go-kart handling and all-wheel drive is available as an option, but regular suspension and ride height can be ordered at no extra cost. MINI’s ALL4 four-wheel drive is also available on the Cooper D, SD and Cooper S versions, while a John Cooper Works performance model is in development. An optional Sport mode is available on the Cooper and Cooper D.

Dynamic stability control is standard across the range, with dynamic traction control and electronic differential lock control also available on the Cooper S, Cooper SD and Cooper D ALL4. There are 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels available as standard, with 18-inch and 19-inch versions available as options. Energy efficiency systems including start-stop, shift point display and brake energy regeneration are fitted as standard, while front, side and rear airbags, ISOFIX child-seat attachments, a tyre pressure warning system, air-con, powered door mirrors and front sports seats also come as standard. Further options include xenon adaptive headlights, park distance control, an electrically operated glass roof and sat-nav.

The MINI Paceman – available in eight colours, including Brilliant Copper, Starlight Blue and Blazing Red – will go on sale on 16 March next year, with prices starting from £18,970.

To view the full MINI range, visit the CarBuyer MINI reviews page.

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