Official MINI USA Paceman Pricing Announced

MINI USA has announced official pricing for the car a large number of MINI fans, myself included, are chomping at the bit to know more about. Drum roll please…

Base U.S. Pricing for the MINI Cooper Paceman: $23,900

As we’d previously speculated both here and on WhiteRoofRadio, buyers will pay a premium over the Countryman for the Paceman’s flowing lines and sorted suspension. A $1,200 premium to be exact. As you climb the power ladder, the prices rise accordingly.

Cooper Paceman: $23,900
Cooper S Paceman: $27,500
Cooper S Paceman All4: $29,200

No pricing yet on a JCW version of the Paceman, as that hasn’t been officially announced yet. What do you think? This pricing aligns with our expectations, but what about yours? Who out there is willing to part with $30k for a no-options Paceman All4. Sound off in the comments.

Full press release after the break, and be sure to check out Gabe’s driving impressions of the Paceman.

[Official Release] The MINI brand is once again combining the expansion of its model range with a foray into a new vehicle class. The MINI Paceman will go on sale beginning March 16, 2013. It features powerful, dynamically stretched coupe lines and the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling, that teams up with the exclusive ambience of its versatile interior to make the latest addition to the MINI family a pioneer in the urban environment.

Sporting prowess and versatility also define the driving characteristics of the MINI Paceman. Three powerful engine variants will be available from launch, and the standard specification for every MINI Paceman will also include lowered sports suspension. This will be the second MINI model (after the MINI Countryman), to offer the option of ALL4 all-wheel drive.

The seventh model in the MINI family has a unique character all of its own, while displaying clear ties to the inimitable style of the British premium brand. While many MINI Paceman buyers will view their new car as a sporty 2+2 seater, the interior has been designed as a genuine four-seater with ample space for rear-seat passengers. Its innovative vehicle concept takes its cues from the needs of modern target groups, who will appreciate its confident appearance as much as the infectious driving fun it guarantees.

With its two doors and large tailgate, plus two full-size individual rear seats, the 162.2-inches long MINI Paceman complements the elegant sportiness of its proportions with a new rendering of the familiar MINI interior. The slightly raised seating position in the front of the car provides the driver and front passenger with an excellent view, while the rear passengers enjoy generous levels of space, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort in a lounge-style ambience. MINI Paceman has the same 102.2-inch wheelbase as the MINI Countryman.

In the U.S., the MINI Paceman will be available in three versions at launch – MINI Cooper Paceman with a base price of $23,900; the turbocharged MINI Cooper S Paceman at $27,500, Cooper S Paceman with ALL4 $29,200 – all of which will be available from March 2013 – including $700 D&H charge.

The engines available at launch for Cooper and Cooper S versions of the MINI Paceman, deliver 121 hp and 181 hp respectively. All the powerplants come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option. The MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is offered for the MINI Cooper S Paceman (as an option).

Design: powerful stature, sporty and elegant coupe lines

The innovative concept of a compact coupe crossover is expressed in a body design that combines dynamically stretched proportions with a muscular stance. This authentic embodiment of the MINI Paceman’s driving properties is achieved within the established parameters of MINI design language. Its inspirational sporting credentials are immediately clear.

Traditional MINI design cues, such as the black bordering on the lower edge of the body, the side indicator surround on the diagonal link between the A-pillar and front wheel arch, and the clear three-level split of body, passenger compartment and roof, point – in a distinctive Paceman way – to their MINI family ties. The front end, for example, exudes power and presence thanks to its large, distinctively shaped headlights, strikingly sculptured hood and upright hexagonal radiator grille, which is framed on the MINI Paceman by a particularly broad chrome surround.

The fresh and individual character of the MINI Paceman comes across most prominently when the car is viewed from the side. Dynamically sweeping lines and powerfully curved surfaces imbue the car’s appearance with sporting elegance. The coupe-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits seamlessly atop the passenger compartment. Its distinctive ‘helmet’ contours fit neatly into the coupé mould, the roofline flowing into the standard rear spoiler. The steadily rising shoulderline and gently downward-sloping roofline create unique side window surfaces that taper towards the rear, emphasizing the wedge shape of the silhouette.

The long doors each have a high character line, which connects the front and rear wheel arches and gives the body a lower-slung appearance. The extremely muscular rear wheel arches underline the MINI Paceman’s broad range of use with the addition of ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive.

The most eye-catching new feature of the rear are the lights which, in a first for MINI, display a horizontal design. As with the slim and sloping coupe-style rear window, the chrome strip below it and the horizontal creases on the tailgate and rear apron, the form of the lights further accentuates the car’s width. The concentric segmentation of the light sources in the rear lights is very much in keeping with brand tradition – as is the overall design of the rear, which reinforces the car’s powerful stance.

The MINI Paceman is the first member of the brand’s line-up to be identified by a rear nameplate. Eight exterior paint shades are available for the MINI Paceman, including the new Brilliant Copper, Blazing Red and – exclusively for the MINI Paceman – Starlight Blue variants. The roof and exterior mirror caps can be painted in body color, white or black.

Interior: exclusive ambience, impressive versatility

A model-specific interpretation of traditional MINI design principles shapes the look of the MINI Paceman’s interior. Extensive use of horizontal elements champions the cause of sporting elegance. For example, the distinctive door ellipses have an extremely shallow and prominently three-dimensional form and extend back beyond the B-pillars into the rear compartment. The ellipses border the armrests and their integrated door pull recesses. For the first time in a MINI, the side window controls are integrated into the door trim. If the optional lighting package is specified, the door ellipses are bathed in an atmospheric light.

Matte-finished, ring-shaped borders in Carbon Black emphasize the form of the Center Speedo and the two air vents positioned alongside. Decorative inner rings in high-gloss black, or optional chrome, are integrated into the surrounds for the air vents and Center Speedo. Positioned below the Center Speedo, the CD/DVD and air-conditioning control panel and toggle switches are bordered in a contrasting color. Here, the matte black surfaces contrast appealingly with the chromed controls.

MINI Paceman is a genuine four-seater. The slightly raised seating position in the front of the car provides the driver and front passenger with excellent visibility. This effect is enhanced by the slightly forward-leaning arrangement of the familiar Center Speedo.

The pair of individual seats in the rear offer impressive shoulder room and headroom, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort, while cut-outs in the front seat backrests optimize legroom. The lounge character of the rear compartment is further enhanced by the armrests in the side panels. These are integrated into a circular rear trim element, which matches the color and material of the seats. The individual seat layout is highlighted by two mouldings in the load compartment cover which extend out from immediately behind the head restraints into the rear.

The standard-fitted Center Rail storage and attachment system runs from just aft of the gear selector to a point between the front seats. The second section of the Center Rail is fitted between the rear seats and extends back to the partition between the rear compartment and trunk. This makes it easier to climb over from one of the two rear seats to the other. A single-section Center Rail extending between both rows of seats can be ordered as an option, offering even greater flexibility when it comes to the positioning of standard and optional function elements. The optional lighting package includes illumination of both the Center Rail and door panels.

Front sports seats are also part of the standard specification for the MINI Paceman. As an alternative to the standard Diagonal Track cloth upholstery, customers can specify the Hot Cross cloth/leather combination, Gravity leather trim or exclusive Lounge leather variant. A bespoke selection of upholstery colors, interior surfaces, Color Lines and other design features offers a wide range of individualization options for the interior.

The high-opening tailgate of the MINI Paceman and its low trunk sill allow the luggage area to be accessed in comfort. Standard load capacity is 11.6 cu-ft, increasing to 38.1 cu-ft when the rear seat backrests are folded down. The options list for the MINI Paceman includes a storage package (containing features such as additional function elements for the Center Rail), a rear carrier preparation and a trailer coupling.

Engine range: extremely powerful, remarkably efficient

The well-known MINI 1.6-liter powertrain variants will be available from launch, each with four cylinders and a zesty power delivery accompanied by remarkably low fuel consumption and emissions thanks to fully variable valve management, based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology, a system which optimizes both the engine’s responses and efficiency.

The MINI Cooper Paceman produces maximum outputs of 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph dash is all over in 9.7 seconds (automatic: 10.8 seconds) and top speed stands at 117 mph (automatic: 114 mph).

Under the hood of the MINI Cooper S Paceman, a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection enable this engine to generate maximum output of 181 hp at 5,500 rpm, while peak torque of 177 lb-ft is produced between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm. An overboost function is at the driver’s disposal to increase torque to 192 lb-ft (for a short time) for particularly powerful bursts of acceleration. The MINI Cooper S Paceman sprints to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds (automatic: 7.3 seconds), while both manual and automatic versions achieve a top speed of 127 mph.

The MINI Cooper S with ALL4 delivers a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds (automatic: 7.6 seconds).

Drivetrains: six-speed automatic and ALL4 all-wheel drive options

The MINI Paceman is equipped as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a six-speed automatic – complete with the Steptronic function enabling manual gearshifts – is available as an option for all models.

In the MINI Cooper S, the automatic gearbox also comes with shift paddles attached to the steering wheel; these can be ordered as an option for other automatic models. Extra helpings of driving fun can be summoned with a touch of the optional Sport Button, which tweaks the engine’s responses and the power assistance provided to the steering. In automatic transmission models, the Sport Button can be used to activate a specially tuned sport program which makes various adjustments, including extra zip for the gear changes.

The Cooper S Paceman can be equipped with optional ALL4
The ALL4 system uses an electromagnetic center differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles. The control electronics of the MINI ALL4 system are integrated directly into the DSC management unit, enabling drive to be distributed between the front and rear axle as and when required – and in a matter of milliseconds. This set-up optimizes fuel economy and ensures the car displays maximum agility in the face of changing conditions, while delivering surefooted, and thus typically MINI, handling characteristics.

Chassis: technology provides a new take on go-kart feeling

The construction of the MINI Paceman’s 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 which is enhanced by the standard fitment of a sporty set-up and lowered suspension. If customers prefer, MINI Paceman can also be ordered with a regular suspension and regular ride height as a no-cost option.

The precise and efficient Servotronic electric power steering provides speed-sensitive assistance and enhances the ever-present go-kart feeling on board the MINI Paceman.

Every MINI Paceman is equipped with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ABS anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Hill Assist.

MINI Paceman models with ALL4 also come with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), which allows controlled slip through the driven wheels to ease moving off on loose sand or deep snow. When the stability system is deactivated (in DSC Off mode) an electronic locking function for the front differential comes into play. In tight corners it brakes a spinning wheel as required, to enhance handling. Known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), this system enhances the car’s traction without adversely affecting its steering properties. Both DTC and EDLC are available for front-drive MINI Paceman models as an option.

Standard specification also includes light-alloy wheels on all models. MINI Cooper Paceman comes with 16-inch wheels, MINI Cooper S Paceman has 17-inch wheels and 205/50 R17 runflat tires as standard. Available optionally for all models are 18-inch alloy wheels as a factory-fit, and 19-inch alloy wheels can be ordered as a dealer-installed accessory.

Safety: comprehensive engineering protects occupants

The high torsional rigidity of the MINI Paceman’s bodyshell plays an important role in both its agile handling and its impressive passive safety. In the event of a crash, robust load-path structures, precisely defined deformation zones and an extremely strong passenger compartment are engineered to keep impact energy away from the car’s occupants and ensure maximum protection for all those on board.

Like the MINI Countryman, the MINI Paceman’s standard-fitted safety arsenal includes front, side and full length curtain airbags. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts. Front seat occupants also benefit from belt tensioners and belt force limiters, while in the rear seat, ISOFIX child seat attachments are fitted.


h2>Comfort: high-quality journey-enhancing features


h2> The high-quality standard equipment of the MINI Paceman also fits the brand’s premium character as far as comfort and functionality are concerned. Air-conditioning, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, the Center Rail, model-specific door sill lettering and the radio MINI CD audio system with AUX-IN socket are included as standard on all variants.

The options list, meanwhile, contains items such as a sports leather steering wheel (standard on all but Cooper Paceman) with optional multifunction buttons and cruise control, an armrest between the front seats, heated seats, automatic climate control and an electrically operated glass roof. Also on the options list are Comfort Access, Xenon Adaptive Headlights (with black headlight housing), automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, Park Distance Control, front foglamps and a rain sensor.

Customers can take on-board entertainment and navigation capability to new levels with the radio MINI Boost CD, radio MINI Visual Boost, harman/kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system and MINI navigation system with a 6.5-inch color display. A voice control system, a hands-free system/mobile phone preparation and a DAB tuner for receiving digital radio programmes, can also be specified.

Cars fitted with the radio MINI Visual Boost or MINI navigation system can also be ordered with the MINI Connected option, which allows full Apple iPhone integration and therefore the use of innovative infotainment, communications and driving experience functions. Specially developed apps open the door to a unique and constantly expanding variety of functions such as web radio, Facebook and Twitter usage, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement, Mission Control and the MINIMALISM Analyser.

Source: MINI

  • asdf

    such a good looking car

    • that.guy

      Can’t tell if serious…

      • asdf

        sin serious

  • les

    If I walked on to a MINI lot today, and saw the Paceman next to the Countryman and Hardtop, I would go with the Paceman. It seems to fill the gap between Hardtop and Countryman well. It’s a bit more practical than the Hardtop, but still slightly smaller than the Countryman.

    I just thought of something though. The Paceman will be the last MINI to carry R56 R58 R60 style controls. In a few years, when all the other models have gotten the new UKL platform, 3 cylinders from the future (45-50 mpg), 8 or 9 speed auto, and who knows what else, the Paceman will the last MINI with a hard to use radio, and complicated climate controls. The new Hardtop will have gotten a LCI and the Paceman will still be on the lot.

    • r_k_w
      It seems to fill the gap between Hardtop and Countryman well. It’s a bit more practical than the Hardtop, but still slightly smaller than the Countryman.

      The Paceman is the same size as the Countryman (width and length). They are built on the same platform.

    • veggivet

      I didn’t think these would be stateside until next year. Where did you spot it?

  • mel

    Hmmm…interior “fun” lighting is now an option? That sucks..

  • For $1200, is anything other than sport suspension included over the countryman? (Yes, besides less weight and better looks)

    • asdf2

      yeah you get to upgrade from “is that a soccer mom inside?” to “oh damn check out the tiny evoque!”

      • It’s all in the our review. Revised steering, revised suspension (not quite just the CM sports suspension) and of course a car that looks much more interesting. Via mobile

    • How much will it cost to swap in leatherette seats to replace those ugly cloth ones?

  • Kurtster

    Man, if I wanted a bigger car this would be high on my list. It’s a beauty.

  • If I could comfortably afford it, I would gladly shell out $30k for a bare-bones All4. The car is just gorgeous. Can’t wait for them to start showing up at our dealership.

    • Jerry

      Gorgeous?? I just don’t see it.

  • DaCrema

    The Paceman would be nice to tow four down behind my RV. DaMINI (the name of my o6 Cooper) sits a little low. Sadly towing any MINI behind a RV voids the warranty. There are a number of people that have towed the R50, R53 and new cars with the 6 speed trans reporting no problem. Fords using the same Gertag (sp) 6 speed tow with no problem. In the Paceman and Countryman, MINI/BMW have a car that could grab some market share from Subaru and Jeep (think station wagon Jeep not the CJ replacement). We keep talking using these cars to grow market share. But BMW/MINI are walking away from a fairly large market in the US, Canada, and maybe Europe.

  • By the time you add decent options (HK, Premium/Sport pack,etc) you’ll be pushing $40K. No thanks! No FWD, 1600cc engined car can possibly cost that much. For the money, I’ll take a “barebones” 128i or 135i hardtop coupe.

    • Kurtster

      Wow. Who decides what a car (FWD, 1600c or electric or whatever) is worth? I guess I could say no Ferrari is worth what they charge for them since they all have four wheels and get me where I want to go just like a MINI. A car’s displacement, drive configuration and horsepower are not the only things that determine its price.

      Decked-out MINIs represent top-of-the-line vehicles in their brand, with high-tech navigation, leather everywhere and remarkably race-car feel when driving. How much would the top Cadillac cost you? How much would the top Audi cost you? BMW is an upscale brand and the fact that MINI is an extension of that brand is no secret. The fact you can buy any MINI for $20k is a good thing, but doesn’t mean the brand is essentially the same thing as a Kia, which also has typical prices in the $20k zone.

      You think $40k is too much for a MINI? Fine. Go buy a 135i. Enjoy your sedan. I want a sporty, well-equipped, easy-to-park, high-MPG car that I can drive in the snow and won’t ever be mistaken for another brand of vehicle on the road. I can’t get all that with a 135i regardless of its displacement.

      • As someone who has owned 4 MINIs since 2002, the cars are very nice, fun, nimble and a blast to drive. But, they have their little ugly problems and as miles start to rack up things begin to prematurely break here and there, specially after the warranty has expired. Back in the early years of MINI, I believed the cars were fairly priced for what you got. Not cheap but very competitive. Our last MINI purchase, a ’08 Clubman S ticked the boxes at $28K out the door and this is for a car with very few options and no packages. The interior are nice and functional (For the most part) but the materials and some of the fit and finish do not correlate with the current asking prices of these cars. One area I’d like to see substantially improved in the third gen, is interior material quality.

        Speaking of sedans, ya I recently got a ’11 E90 328i, which is an awesome car. Is not a MINI, is a totally different concept/idea but when I spend time inside that car I can see that money and effort was spent in quality interior materials, fantastic leather seats, powerful A/C, very decent sounding stereo, etc. And as much as I loved my fairly reliable Supercharged TRITEC power mill, there is something to be said about the turbine smooth power delivery and intoxicating growl of the N52 straight six NA engine, which very sadly, has been discontinued for 2012 in the new F30 3-series.

        I still love MINIs and would not hesitate to be back behind the wheel but at current MSRP asking prices I expect much better in the next generation and long term reliability has to improve. Until then, my N52 328i will keep me quite happy.

        • ulrichd

          Oh come on. Assuming you are one of the 95% who doesn’t need All4 drive, a nicely equipped S will be in the low-to mid 30s.

        • I looked at the CM S FWD. But I wasn’t taken by the handling. 10 years of driving R53s does that to you. 🙂

      • Hemisedan

        Kurtster: I couldn’t agree with you ore. My 2011 JCW hatch was out the door, before taxes, at $35500 and I thought it was more than a bit high. But, it has cost me nothing in problems, nothing period. No rattles that most complain about, but I do drive conservatively most of the time. Yes, I let the turbo sound out, but never getting less than 30 mpg is nice. Now we have the Paceman, if you configure a front drive you should be right where I was with my JCW, mid $30’s and have a pretty well equipped car. Now when the Paceman JCW is brought into the picture next summer probably, that’s an entirely different story. But we aren’t there yet, and that’s for another discussion. As for the $40K pricing equipped, try and buy an Audi TT for that, won’t happen, and the VW R is getting up there too. BMW’s are nice, but the 128 that I test drove a while back was a real dog, to that is. Maybe their 0-60 times look good, but in the real life, my JCW walks away from them. As for nice leather, check the box for JCW dash and Lounge seats, that should solve that issue. Would I buy one again? Most definately in a year or so I will, but the Coupe or Roadster are on my short list.

  • Jerry

    Maybe I need a better look at it, but I don’t why everyone is waxing so enthusiastic about the paceman’s looks. Its looks too much like a MINI mini-van, a little bland, and too similar to the countryman. Call me nuts, but I’ll just hug my S cabrio a little tighter now.

  • veggivet

    Any info on when it will on the configurator?

  • 3PedalMINI

    Sigh…Anyone else longing for the R56 days?

    That being said, the interior is gorgeous, But Mini has lost me, i cannot wait to turn in my keys next year and move on from this once great brand. Should have never sold my R56 🙁

    • You do realize they still sell the R56? And a year from now they will as well. And then after that a lighter, more efficient version – the F56.

    • Kurtster

      Do you really own a Mini? I mean, how exactly have they “lost you” and what makes them no longer a great brand? It isn’t because they expanded their line to include larger cars, is it? I mean, the Porsche brand appears on hard drives but I wouldn’t be eager ro hand in my keys to a 911S because of that. Please tell me you’re joking.