PARIS--What do you get when you cross a Mini Countryman with the Mini Coupe? You get the Mini Paceman, a large (for a Mini) sports activity coupe that is the seventh new model in the automaker's stable. The Paceman retains, for the most part, the bulbous front end of the Countryman, but streamlines its profile with two fewer doors.
The Paceman will be available in Cooper and Cooper S trim levels both with 1.6-liter engines outputting 121-horsepower and a turbocharged 181 horsepower, respectively. Europeans will have a choice of diesel powered Cooper D variants, as well.
Overall length and wheelbase appear to be unchanged between the Paceman and the Countryman upon which it is based, so the more compact appearance is purely an optical illusion. Like its sibling, the Paceman retains seating for four passengers, but sacrifices a bit of rear headroom due to the more sloped roof.
The Paceman will also be the second Mini marquee to make the automaker's ALL-4 all-wheel-drive system available. You'll be able to option this traction increasing technology at the Cooper S trim level.
The "backward cap" roofline of the Mini Cooper Coupe makes an appearance atop the Paceman. However, the Paceman's integrated rear spoiler is nowhere near as pronounced as the one that adorns the smaller Coupe.
Inside, the Paceman doesn't deviate from the established theme of Mini interiors. The large, dinner-plate speedometer with Mini Connect-enabled infotainment can be seen clearly in the center of the dashboard.