The production version of the MINI Paceman has been revealed, ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut
The MINI Paceman has become the eighth model in MINI##Q##s ever-expanding line-up. The Paceman is based on the Countryman, but loses a set of doors and gains a few additional details to help differentiate it.
Most striking are the rear lights, which – for the first time on a MINI – are mounted horizontally.
The interior has a few subtle changes over the Countryman, too. The standard seating arrangement is 2+2 (an option in the Countryman), and the car comes with MINI’s Centre Rail, which lets you slide accessories such as drinks holders from front to rear.
And to the joy of many MINI owners, the electric window controls have moved from the centre console to the armrests. Sports seats come as standard for the driver and passenger.
The new shape has hindered practicality slightly, with boot space falling from 350 litres in the Countryman to 330 litres. Folding the seats down lifts that figure to 1,080 litres, which is 90 litres down on the maximum boot space in the five-door.
The MINI Cooper Paceman will arrive in the UK in March 2013 and starts at £18,970 – that’s £940 more than the Cooper Countryman – and tops out at £24,290 for the Cooper SD ALL4 model.