MINI has recently pulled the wraps off the final production version of the Paceman, ahead of the model’s official debut on the 27th of September at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
After starting its life as a concept and being confirmed for production earlier this year, the MINI Paceman has even leaked ahead of its debut just a few days ago but apparently the British based automaker has had enough in trying to keep it a secret and has decided to unveil it, with less than two weeks until the Paris Motor Show will officially open its gates for the media.
The MINI Paceman is based on the Countryman but it lost a set of doors and gained some new details in order to differentiate. The most striking are, of course, the taillights, which, for a first time on a model developed by the British company, are mounted horizontally. In the cabin, the MINI Paceman is coming with the automaker’s Centre Rail, which will let you slide accessories like the cup holders from front to rear.
Sports seats are being offered as standard for the driver and front passenger and the electric window controls have been moved to the armrests from the center console. The MINI Paceman has a total boot space of 330 liters, but with the rear seats folded down, this increased to 1,080 liters, which is still 90 liters down from the space offered by the Countryman.
Four engine versions are available for the MINI Paceman, the Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D and Cooper SD and all of them are available with all-wheel drive. The ALL4 Cooper S is rated at 42.1 mpg, while the FWD Cooper D at 64.2 mpg. The MINI Cooper Paceman will be launched in early 2013 and, in the United Kingdom, it will get a starting price of 18,970 GBP, almost 940 GBP more than the Countryman.