MINI Paceman Concept
This month’s visitors to Detroit’s Cobo Arena will be treated to the world debut of the MINI Paceman Concept, a car that, like the MINI Countryman on whose rugged platform it is built, redefines MINI motoring while remaining true to the MINI spirit.
The MINI Paceman Concept’s 19-inch wheels are pushed hard to the corners to provide signature MINI go-kart handling. Its cap-style roof achieves MINI’s trademark “floating” trick as if it were second nature. But its silhouette is unlike any seen on a MINI, with a tapered beltline that rises toward the rear of the vehicle. With its two-door hatchback body layout, the effect is undeniably coupe-like, yet still undeniably MINI.
A coupe shape, however, does not a coupe make. Throw in the MINI John Cooper Works powertrain, and maybe we can talk coupes. Well, MINI did, so let’s talk.
The MINI Paceman Concept is motivated by the same turbocharged 1.6-liter sexpot of an engine found on the John Cooper Works, good for 211 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of twist. Putting that power on the ground is the optional ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system – the terrain tamer that does the dirty work for the MINI Countryman.