The new Paceman is the first Mini to feature four-wheel drive on a 3 door model. The Mini brand have managed to create a personality for the Paceman whilst keeping the recognisable features that are considered a trade mark for the franchise. The Sports Activity Coupe is close to launch and taking a closer look will it excite and attract consumers?
The design of the Paceman can only be compared to the Clubman yet three doors create a sporty persona. The body has angled elongated doors, a sloping roofline and bulging wheel arches which are a first to be introduced. This still keeps the traditional look and feel however this also creates what Mini is calling a ‘personality’ for the four-wheel drive. Tailor the Mini Paceman by choosing between body and alloy colours to your own specifications.
The drive of the Paceman is meant to be comparable to other models in the Mini range. Agile and precise steering is reminiscent of the go-kart style characteristics that many will recognise with the brand. The ride is higher which for the Mini enthusiasts this may not be welcomed with traditional fans. But with a flexible and soft suspension the ride is comfortable and composed. The John Cooper Works Edition will deliver 60 mph in 6.9 seconds so not only is the ride comfortable but the JCW Edition will offer enthusiasts a sportier experience.
Made and produced by BMW in Austria the Paceman will continue the reliability standards that we have come to expect with Mini. The size of the car understandably has a lot of space with a supposedly maximum boot space of 1,080 litres. Four individual seats are a slightly disappointing factor that it can’t accommodate for 5, which could be a proving factor against families gaining an interest towards the new Mini. The Paceman is unfortunately less practical than the Countryman yet more expensive.
The Paceman is slightly sportier than most of the other models in the Mini franchise and the brand new stylistic features will appeal to many people who are looking for that distinctive Mini. When the Mini Paceman launches a true verdict will be decided, look out for the new MINI Paceman at a Mini dealership to make up your mind.