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04.08.2013 – The Mini brand owned by BMW has been consistent since it launched the original Mini Cooper with a modern look. Though unrelated to the previous car it retains the classic transverse four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive configuration and iconic "bulldog" stance of the original.

Mini has come up with variations of this iconic car and once again combining the expansion of its model range with a foray into a new vehicle class and the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact segment brings the MINI Paceman.

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Making its informal Philippine debut in the recently concluded the Manila International Auto Show last April 4, 2013. The guests and media personalities were in awe of the MINI Paceman’s unique stand-out design, yet still maintaining the MINI trademark look.

The Paceman adds a bit of muscle and powerful dynamically stretched coupé lines and a variable-usage interior with an exclusive ambience. With its two doors and large tailgate, plus two full-size individual rear seats, the seventh model in the MINI family complements the elegant sportiness of its proportions with a new rendering of the familiar MINI interior.

Unveiling of Mini’s latest Activity Coupé comes with two variations which is Mini Cooper Paceman and the Mini Cooper S Paceman. Details of the press release describe the car’s Design, Interior, and other details as followed during its launch at MIAS 2013.

Design: powerful stature, sporty and elegant coupé lines.

The innovative concept of a compact Sports Activity Coupé is expressed in an exterior design that faithfully embodies the MINI Paceman’s multifaceted driving properties within the template of the established MINI design language. The front end exudes muscularity and presence, while dynamically sweeping lines and powerfully curved surfaces lace the flanks of the car with sporting elegance. The coupé-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits almost seamlessly atop the passenger compartment and its distinctive contours fit neatly into the coupé mould. The most eyecatching new feature of the rear end is the taillights which, in a first for MINI, feature a horizontal design.

Interior: exclusive ambience, impressive variability.

The MINI Paceman has been designed as a four-seater. Sports seats for the driver and front passenger are included as standard, and the pair of individual seats in the rear offer impressive shoulder room and headroom, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort. The side window controls, meanwhile, are integrated into the prominently three-dimensional door trim. The high-opening tailgate of the MINI Paceman and its low boot sill allow the luggage area to be accessed in comfort. Load capacity stands at 330 litres, increasing to 1,080 litres when the rear seat backrests are folded down.

The drivetrain: powerful engines.

The MINI Paceman is available in four powerful and efficient petrol variants from launch, ranging from the MINI Cooper Paceman (122 hp) to the MINI Cooper S Paceman (184 hp). Plans are in place to add a MINI John Cooper Works Paceman variant to the range in due course.

The chassis: a new take on the go-kart feeling.

The MINI Paceman’s cutting-edge chassis - consisting of a MacPherson spring strut front axle and forged cross members in tandem with a multi-link rear axle - underpins its hallmark MINI agility. The new model comes as standard with lowered sports suspension and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). Electric Power Steering with standard Servotronic function likewise enhances the ever-present go-kart feeling on board the MINI Paceman.

Comprehensive safety equipment and high-quality comfort-enhancing features.

The high torsional rigidity of the MINI Paceman’s body plays an important role in both its agile handling and its impressive passive safety. Its standard-fitted safety arsenal includes front and side airbags, as well as side curtain airbags for both rows of seats. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts. Front seat occupants will also find belt tensioners and belt force limiters, while in the rear ISOFIX child seat attachments are in place should they be required.

The MINI Paceman comes with high-quality standard equipment including, automatic air conditioning, comfort access, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Rear Park Distance Control, the Centre Rail and full leather seats. Other standard equipment in the MINI Cooper S Paceman (optional on the MINI Cooper Paceman) includes an electrically operated glass roof, Radio MINI Visual Boost, Xenon headlights and Adaptive headlights.

The MINI Paceman specifications.

MINI Cooper Paceman

Four-cylinder in-line engine with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.

Capacity: 1,598cc, max output: 122 hp at 6,000 rpm
Max torque: 160 Nm from 4,250 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 11.5 seconds
Top speed: 184 km/h
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 7.6 ltr/100km
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 177 g/km.

MINI Cooper S Paceman

Four-cylinder in-line engine with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.

Capacity: 1,598cc, max output: 184 hp at 5,500 rpm
Max torque: 240 Nm from 1,600-5,000 rpm
(with overboost at 260Nm at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm)
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds
Top speed: 212 km/h
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 7.5 ltr/100km
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 175 g/km.

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