Paceman joins Mini range

Mini is adding yet another model to its range in the shape of the Paceman, set to reach the UK in March 2013.

Mini is adding yet another model to its range in the shape of the Paceman, set to reach the UK in March 2013.

Designed as a coupé interpretation of the Countryman, four versions will be available including the Mini Cooper S Paceman which will have a 0-62mph of just 7.5 seconds. The seventh unique member of the family, it will sell alongside the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupé and Roadster.

Built on the Countryman platform, bumper to bumper the car is 4,109 mm which makes it almost identical in size to its sibling. The coupe look includes longer doors, blacked-out window pillars with a choice of coloured roofs.

The horizontal arrangement of the rear lights, which accentuates the car’s width, is a first for Mini. The Paceman is the only member of the brand’s line-up to be identified by a rear nameplate.

Inside, two individual chairs provide generous levels of head, shoulder and knee room with outstanding comfort and support. Armrests have been integrated into the rear trim.

The Paceman is a strict four-seater, though practicality has not been sacrificed. Folding down the rear seats expands the rear load-carrying capacity from 330 litres to a maximum of 1,080 litres. Access is via a large and high-opening tailgate, offering extra practicality for owners.

Lowered sports suspension as standard will help provide customers with a sharper driving experience, though regular suspension and ride height are available as a no-cost option.

From launch, Paceman customers will have the choice of four powerful four-cylinder engines, two petrol and two diesel. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic function.

It will go sale on 16 March 2013 with prices starting at just £18,970 on the road.