The 2013 Mini Paceman made its North American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Though seen in concept form at several previous auto shows, the Paceman on display in Los Angeles is a production-ready model.
This compact SUV is basically a 2-door version of the Mini Countryman. Both vehicles share the same basic design, features, powertrains, and 4-passenger seating.
Like most Minis, Paceman comes in Base and high-output S versions. Both come standard with front-wheel drive while the S is available with the brand’s ALL4 all-wheel drive. Base models use a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. The S has a 1.6-liter engine as well, but it’s turbocharged and produces 181 horsepower. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission, even on AWD models.
The long list of options includes items such as a navigation system, keyless access/engine start, adaptive xenon headlights, rear-obstacle detection, and Mini’s Connected infotainment system. Connected allows Apple iPhone owners to stream audio, view Facebook and Twitter posts, and analyze driving behavior.
The 2013 Mini Paceman goes on sale March 16, 2013, with a starting price of $23,900.
CG Says: Our opinions on the Mini Countryman are quite divided. Some editors enjoy driving it while others think it strays too far from the brand’s heritage. Since the Paceman is little more than a 2-door Countryman, we can’t imagine our opinions changing too much. Time behind the wheel will tell.