Mini to set the Paceman
Mini is adding yet another model to its range in the shape of the Paceman, set to reach the UK in March 2013.
Designed as a coupe interpretation of the Countryman, four versions will be available, including the Mini Cooper S Paceman, which will have a 0-62mph of just 7.5 seconds.
The seventh unique member of the family, it will sell alongside the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe and Roadster.
Built on the Countryman platform, bumper to bumper the car is 4,109mm, which makes it almost identical in size to its sibling.
The coupe look includes longer doors, blacked-out window pillars with a choice of coloured roofs.
The horizontal arrangement of the rear lights, which accentuates the car's width, is a first for Mini.
The Paceman is the only member of the brand's line-up to be identified by a rear nameplate.
The Paceman is a strict four-seater, though practicality has not been sacrificed. Folding down the rear seats expands the rear load-carrying capacity from 330ltr to a maximum of 1,080ltr.
Lowered sports suspension as standard will help provide customers with a sharper driving experience, though regular suspension and ride height are available as a no-cost option.
From launch, Paceman customers will have the choice of four powerful four-cylinder engines, two petrol and two diesel.
All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic function.
It will go sale on March 16, 2013, with prices starting at £18,970 on the road.