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Mini Paceman Concept: Two-Door 4×4

Posted in Mini, NAIAS, Newsworthy by MrAngry | January 11th, 2011 | 1 Response |

2012 Mini Paceman Concept
*Photo Credit: MotorAuthority

As of late Mini has been charging hard with models like the new 2011 Countryman and Clubman. These vehicles have slowly been extending Mini’s market range and have opened them up to new consumers who may have otherwise bypassed the brand due to its small sized automobiles. Mini categorizes the Paceman as a “Sports Activity Coupe”, which basically means they cut two doors off the Countryman and renamed it. It’s good looking and sporty enough, and by building it Mini will have basically found away to inflate the original Mini Cooper into more of a grown-up / masculine package. To cope with the Paceman’s weight, Mini has decided to drop in the 211 hp / 192 lb-ft of torque turbocharged 4-cylinder mill out of their own JCW edition. In my opinion, this should be just enough engine to get its estimated 3,200 lb + weight up and moving.

2012 Mini Paceman
*Photo Credit: MotorAuthority

I’ll give Mini credit for developing the Paceman Concept, as I think it’s the first real Mini that appeals to men. It has an aggressive feel, all-wheel drive capabilities, can be had with a traditional six-speed manual gearbox and looks the business as well. It’s also one of the first crossover vehicles, from any manufacturer that actually looks really good. So now the question is, will they build it? My guess is absolutely, especially after all the positive feedback they’ve been getting.

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  1. Taylor says:

    They really need to rethink that name. Every time I see Paceman, it automatically registers as Pacman.