MINI Paceman Is An Unusual Combination of SUV and Coupe


At the Paris show of the automotive industry, which began its work in late September 2012, MINI exhibited an interesting novelty for the world public – a serial version of the three-door model called Paceman, built on the basis of the Countryman crossover.

The road to the conveyor took near the car for almost two years – the eponymous concept was first introduced live in January 2011 at the motor show in Detroit, and even then its format surprised the public.

In the spring of 2014, the coupe-like SUV was subjected to a barely noticeable restyling, and acquaintance with it took place in April at an international exhibition in Beijing. As a result of modernization, the “Brit” slightly corrected the “outfit”, slightly ennobled the inner world and made minor changes to the technical “stuffing”.

What If Combine SUV and a Coupe?

Outside, the MINI Paceman is a cross between a stylish crossover with a three-door hatchback, and its outlines combine a recognizable design, unique charisma and objective aesthetics.

From the front, the car looks at the world with a slightly awkward glance of the headlight, wide open the mouth of the radiator grille, and from the rear draws attention with relief contours with horizontal ruby ​​lanterns in thick chrome trim, a narrow rear window and a puffy bumper.

On the side MINI looks snooty and sportingly fast, and the merit in this belongs to a powerful shoulder line, developed “muscles” of wheeled equipment and a falling roof.

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In terms of dimensions, the Paceman is a typical representative of B-class city cars: its length is 161.7″, the width is 70.3″, the height does not exceed 59.7″. The wheelbase at the three-door uses is 102″, and the ground clearance is extremely modest 5.3″. The warmed-up version of the Cooper S is 0.2″ longer, 0.15″ higher and 0.43″ closer to the ground.

Typical MINI

The decoration of the MINI Paceman, decorated in a characteristic style for the brand, impresses with its uniqueness and boldness of solutions, but quite successfully combines a cartoon design with materials of good quality and modern options with obvious anachronisms.

The front panel is dominated by a huge “saucer” with the ears of the ventilating deflectors, in which the color screen of the multimedia system is integrated (there is only a speedometer and a simple radio tape recorder in the “staff”), and the company is made up of a stylish console of the climate control and aligned toggle switches controlling additional Functions. Well and in direct management of the driver there is only beautiful multifunctional “steering wheel” and the tachometre fixed directly on a steering column.

The interior of the Paceman is strictly four-fold: in the front there are sports seats with a dense build-up and wide intervals of adjustments (albeit mechanical ones), and behind it there are a pair of separate and conveniently profiled seats with an aluminum guide in the middle, on which various equipment (cupholders, ashtrays, holders for the phone and stuff).

The MINI Paceman’s trunk is practical and functional in terms of compact car standards: firstly, its volume in the unfolded form is 11.6 cu ft, and secondly, it has high-quality cladding materials and additional space under the raised floor. Backs of the rear seat are folded by the floor by two halves, which allows you to release 38.1 cu ft for the load.

Various of Engines

The heart of the front-wheel drive version of the Cooper is the naturally aspirated four-cylinder 1.6 liter (1598 cubic centimeters), equipped with direct injection, free-wheeling mixing technology and a 16-valve structure and generating 122 “horses” at 6000 rpm and 118 ft lb of peak thrust, which fall at 4250 rpm.

The running capabilities of such a car leave much to be desired: the acceleration to 60 fits in 10.4-11.5 seconds, and the top speed is 114-119 mph.

In the under-hood compartment of the all-wheel drive version of the Cooper S ALL4 the same engine is located, but supplemented by a turbocharger, so that its performance is brought to 184 HP at 5500 rpm and 177 ft lb of torque at 1600-5000 rpm (in Overboost mode – 191 ft lb).

With it, the All4 system is combined with a rear axle, which is connected via a multi-plate clutch (fixed to the sub-frame of the suspension). In standard conditions, up to 50% of the time is sent to the rear wheels, and to 100% in emergency conditions. Before the first sixty from the place Cooper S breaks for 7.8-8.2 seconds, ultimately conquers 128-131 mph.

In other markets, the crossover is also offered in the Cooper S and Cooper SD versions: they are equipped with diesel turbocharged I4 of 1.6 and 2.0 liters, respectively. On the “younger” version, the engine generates 112 horsepower at 4000 rpm and 199 ft lb of torque, and in the older – 143 horsepower and 225 ft lb at identical revs.

At the core of the MINI Paceman is the platform of Countryman of the first generation, on which the propulsion system is transversely piled up. The car body is created with abundant use of high-strength grades and aluminum.

The front wheels of the SUV are suspended using an independent suspension type McPherson, and the rear axle is equipped with a multi-link system. The front and rear wheels contain disc brakes, supplemented in the first case by ventilation. On the three-door, the rack-and-pinion steering system is used, in which the electric control amplifier is integrated with the efficiency, which varies according to the situation.
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