With its spacious interior, practical five-door body for up to five, the size of the Mini Cooper Countryman is a crossover with a lot of personality, which actually makes some sense, its coupe counterpart body for four seats, the Paceman, not so much. Still, the Paceman is a little ‘looking swoopier and more exclusive than the Countryman, both features that appeal to the target market contrarian Mini. And at a slightly higher price, the Paceman is a kind of flagship for the Mini brand.
At the Beijing auto show in 2014, an updated version of the 2015 Paceman came just two years after its introduction. Not surprisingly, the update of the Paceman very similar to the 2015 updated Countryman, which was just introduced last week in the hall of the New York car. If you read our earlier story about the Countryman, we know how thin these updates.
First, for the record, you’re looking at the latest version here. And so you do not spend the same hours that get stuck around all the changes, we will list them for you here: Outside, there are some new colors, a new lightweight silver design 17-inch or silver-anthracite and fantasy, fog lights with LED DRL integrated, and outside the only black optional trim package.
Inside, the indicators are now rendered in a dark anthracite, rain-sensing wipers and automatic climate control are standard were made in all paceman models. That’s all for the things you can see. What you can not see but will definitely appreciate if you ever driven a paceman before, it is the assembly of some acoustic materials as needed for the door panels and trunk to help calm the cars on the road.
Like the other Mini, the Paceman is available with a range of infotainment systems for cars and connectivity, although not the Paceman Countryman did not approve the new iDrive-like interface with touch pad found on the new 2014 Cooper hatchback. Saddest of all, none of the changes include any of the things proposed in the incredibly terrible Mini Paceman GoalCooper Fútbol themed float as an April Fool (we think).
As before, the Mini Cooper Paceman is available in three strengths: the 121-hp Wimpy base model; the brave, 181-HP Model S; and fun dammit, 208-hp John Cooper Works model. Standard across the board is a manual six-speed transmission with an automatic six-speed optional. And drive ALL4 all-wheel drive is still available in the Cooper S and standard on the JCW.
Paceman 2015 goes into production in July and arrives in dealerships later in the summer. How long? You three, maybe four years at the most, as Mini are planning to reduce its product range by adding a more conventional SUV that hit Paceman through its top perch.