The concept of a compact three-door model with coupe like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal of increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman all serves to consolidate driving fun leadership within the segment.
The world market launch is in July 2014 and SA just a few months later in September and also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.
There is a greater accentuation of sporty flair and premium characteristics in the interior of the new MINI Paceman. The road speed and engine speed display now comes with dark dials in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman along with an interior in lounge-type design with four single seats and optimised acoustic comfort.
You also get newly designed chrome applications for the ventilation controls, MINI Centre Rail storage system as standard; sports seats for driver and front passenger as standard; rear backrests individually foldable; as a result, luggage compartment volume can be expanded from 330 to up to 1 080 litres.
The new MINI Paceman offers further increased driving fun and optimised efficiency with the selection of two petrol engines each with four cylinders and the top of the range MINI John Cooper Works Paceman with a 160 kW turbo engine.
You get a six-speed manual transmission as standard, six-speed automatic transmission as an option: all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman and optional for all other models.
Unique go-kart feeling thanks to high-quality suspension technology with McPherson spring struts and forged wishbones on the front axle, multilink rear axle and electromechanical power steering including Servotronic; sports chassis as standard for all model variants; to go with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control standard or optional, depending on model variant.
Driving fun and comfort is at a premium level with an extensive standard trim and a wide range of customisation options including new LED fog lamps with daytime driving lights and parking lights in LED technology as well as xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, glass push / tilt roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system; model-specific John Cooper Works accessories also available.
MINI Connected offers extensive smartphone integration in the vehicle and unique functional diversity with ongoing expansion based on apps; current program includes functions exclusive to MINI such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser, the use of Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster / Rhapsody and TuneIn. – Own correspondent.