CAR: Mini Paceman

Mini, have just announced their most expensive car to date and it will be entered into one of the most competitive markets within the sector; the small SUV/ ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ segment of the market. Competing in the new ‘pop-up’ sector will be difficult, with the Range Rover Evoque, BMW x1 etc.

The pictures below show the concept, making the ‘mini’ not so Mini. Built around the Mini Country-man platform, the Paceman varies with its 2 door composition. Still reminds me of a smaller, slightly better looking X6 (damn that disgusting thing)

The MINI model range continues to grow at a Pace! The firm is readying Coupé and Roadster versions of the hatch, plus a new small model – and now it’s set to unveil the stunning Paceman at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

It’s based on the recently launched Countryman crossover, and shares that model’s platform. But the designers have given the Paceman a much more sleek and desirable shape as MINI gets ready to take the fight to the new Range Rover Evoque.

At the front, a single black mask incorporates the radiator, foglights and air intakes. The grille has been redesigned, too, with a thick chrome surround, horizontal strips of light blue chrome to match the roof, piano black inserts and thin strips of brushed copper.

At the back, a narrow bootlid and rear bumper enhance the sporty profile. The short overhangs of the Countryman have been cut back even further by the removal of some crash protection, while the unique 19-inch copper-rimmed alloys are pushed into the corners, giving the newcomer a more dynamic stance. Blacked out C-pillars create an Evoque-style floating roof, while a subtle spoiler protrudes from the rear edge.

The jumbo brake lights sit horizontally – they’re vertical on the Countryman – while the housings curve around the back of the car. They flow into the shape of the bulging wheelarches, further adding to the impression of a wider, lower model.

The roof has been dropped by 20mm at the front and 40mm at the back to create the dramatic sloping effect. However, the blacked-out windows are more of a practical consideration, because the interior design isn’t finished yet.

For a show car, the styling is remarkably restrained, which hints at how close the Paceman is to production. MINI has also confirmed that the showroom version will sit alongside the Countryman in the range, rather than above it.

Under the bonnet, the Paceman will eventually use the most powerful engine in the current range: the 1.6-litre turbo with the full John Cooper Works tuning. This delivers 207bhp and up to 280Nm of torque to all four wheels. Lower power petrol and diesel versions would also be made available.

More details at AutoExpress.

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