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Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Mini Paceman - Review





PRICE : For 2015 Mini Paceman $ 24000



Though it shares its nose with the Countryman - the two crossovers are essentially identical underneath the sheetmetal - the Paceman features unique styling aft of the A-pillars that sets it apart from the rest of the MINI range. It has an air of ruggedness thanks to a relatively tall ride height and muscular rear "hips", yet a rising beltline and short overhangs also lend it a sleek appearance.

The cabin contains nearly all of the playful, eccentric touches for which MINI has become known, the most notable of which is a speedometer mounted in the center of the dash. It can take some getting used to for drivers conditioned to simply looking down to ascertain vehicle speed, although the steering column-mounted tachometer can be configured with a digital speedometer to approximate a more conventional setup.
An optional MINI Connect infotainment system - controlled through a 6.5-inch display mounted in the center of the speedo - provides smartphone integration along with access to Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, RSS feeds and more. Google search and send-to-car functionality are also part of the package.

Despite its compact dimensions, the Paceman's rear seats are perfectly capable of accommodating average-sized adults for around-town trips. In back, there's room for 11.6 cubic feet of cargo, and 38.1 cubes can be had by folding down the rear seats.
While its added size and weight means it can't quite match the supremely agile dynamics of the smaller Hardtop, the Paceman nonetheless is one of the most dexterous crossovers on the market today. A no-cost sport suspension option further sharpens up the Pacemen's handling.

The Paceman is offered in three different trims: the 121-horsepower Cooper, the 181-horsepower Cooper S and the 208-hor



EXTERIOR










Just like the five-door Countryman, the 2015 Paceman doesn’t come with a whole lot of noticeable changes, unless you count the three new color options Mini Mini is offering with the new Paceman. The good news is that same Jungle Green shade we swooned over on the Countryman is also going to be available on the Paceman.

Other minor revisions to the exterior include what looks like a shorter hood, an elongated silhouette that comes by way of the flowing roof line, and the tapering side window graphic. New standard and optionally available light-alloy wheels with reduced weight have also been made available.

The 2015 Paceman does have an extra dose of high-end optional features, chief among them the new LED fog lamps with daytime driving lights and parking lights with LED technology. Xenon headlamps are also set to be offered, as well as adaptive turning light, comfort access, a glass push/tilt roof, automatic air conditioning, a removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 2,000 pounds.

Outside of all that, the 2015 Paceman still looks like the Paceman.



INTERIOR










The MINI Paceman is consistently designed as a four-seater. Its standard trim comprises sports seats for driver and front passenger. The two single seats at the rear offer excellent shoulder and head room, lateral support and comfort. The exclusive lounge character of the second row is likewise enhanced by the armrests in the side rear trim panels. What is more, the driving experience offered by the car benefits from acoustic comfort, which has been further optimised in the new MINI Paceman.

For even more sporty flair in the cockpit there are now anthracite-coloured dials for the engine speed and road speed display in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman, whose central instrument also bears the John Cooper Works logo. The standard trim of the new MINI Paceman likewise includes chrome applications for the ventilation controls, clearly reflecting the car's refined premium characteristics.

One of the features that highlights the functionality of the MINI Paceman is the standard MINI Center Rail storage system between the driver and front passenger seats and a storage tray between the rear seats. In addition, the rear backrests can be folded down individually. This enables expansion of the luggage volume from 330 to as much as 1 080 litres



SPECIFICATION


Year:2015
Make:Mini
Model:Paceman
Price:$ 24000
Engine:inline-4
Horsepower @ RPM:122
Displacement:1.6 L
0-60 time:10.4 sec.
Top Speed:130 mph (Est.)



FEATURES





The Paceman's standard features include power windows and locks, A/C, leatherette seats, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/HD radio stero system with an auxiliary audio jack, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Highlights from the option list include a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a USB/iPod adaptor, navigation system with 6.5-inch high definition display, leather seats with power adjustability and a Harmon/Kardon sound system.

Some options can be bundled together for a net savings in five different packages. The Premium package includes the panoramic sunroof, an automatic climate control system and the Harmon/Kardon audio unit. A Sport package nets Electronic Differential Lock Control, a rear spoiler, 18-inch "Turbo Fan" wheels, sport seats, fog lamps and a black or white hood stripe. For those who reside in the northern states, the Cold Weather package makes winters livable with heated power folding mirrors, heated washer jets and heated front seats.

The Convenience package usefully comprises an auto dimming rearview mirror, auto rain sensors for the windshield wipers, auto headlamps, white turn signals (more convenient than yellow?), a universal garage door opener, a comfort access system and a USB/iPod adaptor. Finally, the Convenience + Mini Connected package includes the navigation system, USB/iPod adaptor, smart phone integration with voice recognition, auto dimming rearview mirror, auto rain sensors, auto headlamps, a universal garage door opener, a comfort access system and a center arm rest.

For the latest model year, buyers have the option to spec John Cooper Works exterior and interior packages that imitate the look of the performance model



ACCELERATION


The 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 121 horsepower. Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4 models have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower, while the John Cooper Works Paceman has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 208 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available. According to the EPA, the base Paceman with the manual transmission gets 27/34 mpg city/highway, which is great for an upscale small car. With the automatic transmission, the Paceman gets slightly lower fuel economy estimates of 25/30 mpg city/highway.

Critics think the base Mini Cooper Paceman accelerates slowly and could use more power. However, they praise Cooper S and John Cooper Works models for their sprightly acceleration. Test drivers like both transmission options, saying the automatic shifts smoothly and that the manual transmission enhances the driving experience.



DRIVETRAIN


The 2015 Mini Paceman is set to be offered with a choice of engine configurations, even if each one of them is the same 1.6-liter displacement. The base 1.6L comes with 122 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque while the 1.6L Turbo for the S trim bumps the output all the way up to 190 horsepower, six ponies more than the 2014 model.

As for the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works trim, you stand to get the same 1.6L Turbo with even more added juice at 218 horsepower. Naturally, the Paceman JCW is the fastest to 62 mph with the capability to do it in just 6.9 seconds. Top speed numbers haven’t been released, but we expect it to be somewhere close to 150 mph.



DESIGN


The innovative concept of the MINI Paceman includes a distinctive and highly expressive body design which reflects the automobile's properties in hallmark MINI design style. The upright front section with large headlamps and hexagonal radiator grille contour conveys solidity and presence, while the elongated silhouette defined by horizontal lines stand for sporty elegance. Powerfully modelled surfaces express sporty flair and versatility. The high-opening tailgate indicates the high degree of functionality and versatility offered by the MINI Paceman. Its distinctive character is also underscored by the rear lights which are horizontally arranged for the first time in a MINI.

In certain model variants the radiator grille of the MINI Paceman features a specific contour and grid structure. The new MINI John Cooper Works Paceman can be identified by means of a horizontal radiator grill rib in red - another indication of extreme sporty flair in addition to the John Cooper Works logo positioned on the honeycomb pattern. A specific feature on the radiator grille of the new MINI Cooper S Paceman is the curved "S" in red. In addition to the long doors in the style of a coupé, striking features in the side perspective chiefly include the roof which sits on top of the car virtually seamlessly and is optionally available in a contrasting colour. The flowing roof line, falling off to the rear, and the tapering side window graphic create a stretched, wedge-like silhouette. The new option Piano Black Exterior comprises a finish in high-gloss black which lends a dark, shimmering highend look to selected surfaces. It is applied instead of the standard chrome finish to the surrounds of the headlamps and rear lights, on the diagonal links between the A columns and the front wheel arches and on the optional roof rails and the cross-rib in the radiator grill of the MINI Cooper Paceman.

Other new features are to be found in the range of exterior paint finishes. The colours Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic are now available for the new MINI Paceman, too. A contrasting paint finish in black or white is offered as an optional extra for all model variants of the new MINI Paceman at no extra charge. Meanwhile a contrasting paint finish in Chili Red is available as an additional alternative exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Other individual accents can be added by means of such features as the Sport Stripes and bonnet stripes in various colours.



TECHNOLOGY


Numerous optimised detailed contribute to a combination of increased driving fun with advancements in terms of fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels in the new MINI Paceman. All petrol and diesel engines available for the Sports Activity Vehicle now meet the EU6 exhaust emission standard. In addition, the high degree of efficiency of the modern 4- cylinder power units and the extended use of MINIMALISM technology ensure that the balance between driving performance figures and fuel consumption has been further improved in all engine variants. Measures applied to boost efficiency include optimised air ducting in the area of the underbody, wheel bearings with a lower friction coefficient and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.

The new MINI Cooper S Paceman further consolidates its leading position in the segment in terms of driving fun in that it now offers increased power. Its 4-cylinder spark ignition engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and variable valve control sees a rise in output by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp. This reduces the time required from acceleration from standing to 100 km/h by 0.1 seconds to 7.4 seconds. Meanwhile the new MINI Cooper S Paceman completes the interim sprint from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in 8.3 seconds - 0.2 seconds than before. Its top speed is increased by 3 km/h to 220 km/h. At the same time, the fuel consumption of the new MINI Cooper S Paceman in the EU test cycle is reduced to 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres, with the relevant CO2 emissions dropping to 139 grams per kilometre.

The sprint capability of the new MINI Cooper Paceman is likewise enhanced. The 90 kW/122 bhp model variant now accelerates in 10.3 seconds from standing to 100 km/h, increasing speed from 80 to 120 km/h within 14.7 seconds. The top speed of the new MINI Cooper Paceman is 193 km/h. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle drops to 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 137 g/km). The two diesel variants of the new MINI Paceman are also more agile and efficient than ever before. The 105 kW/143 bhp MINI Cooper SD Paceman sprints in 9.1 seconds (minus 0.1 seconds) from zero to 100 km/h and in 9.6 seconds (minus 0.4 seconds) from 80 to 120 km/h. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle drops to 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 119 g/km).

The new MINI Cooper D Paceman (82 kW/112 bhp) especially increases performance on the interim sprint, It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds and from 80 to 120 km/h in 11.4 seconds, in other words 0.4 seconds faster than before. The average fuel consumption of the new MINI Cooper D Paceman in the EU test cycle is now only 4.2 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emission: 111 g/km).

The outstanding level of driving fun offered by the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is also increased. The top athlete, which transfers the power of its 160 kW/218 bhp turbo engine to all four wheels as standard, now accelerates from zero to 100 km/h 6.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than previously. Meanwhile the time required for the sprint from 80 to 120 km/h is now reduced by 0.2 seconds to 7.6 seconds. The maximum speed of the new MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is increased by 3 km/h to 229 km/h. And its efficiency has been enhanced, too. The car's average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 165 g/km).



NEW ALLOYWHEELS & LED LIGHTS






Light alloy wheels come as standard in all model variants of the MINI Paceman. Newly designed for the MINI Cooper Paceman and the MINI Cooper D Paceman , the 16-inch light alloy wheels in 5-Star Air Spoke Design help increase the agility and fuel efficiency of these models with their reduced weight and optimised aerodynamic properties. The 17-inch light alloy wheels in the new 5-Star Triangle Spoke Design for the MINI Cooper S Paceman and the MINI Cooper SD Paceman are also lighter than their predecessors. They are also optionally available in a two-colour design. As another option, the new standard wheels are offered in a MINIMALISM version featuring tyres with reduced rolling resistance for reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels. Meanwhile, the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman features 18-inch light alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished Design as standard. Additional rims are optionally available for the new MINI Paceman in the sizes 17, 18 and 19 inches.

Also new to the program of optional extras are the LED fog lights including parking and daytime driving lights in LED technology, ensuring both clear visibility and a striking appearance. They provide an intense, bright white light with a much higher level of energy efficiency than conventional headlamps. The structure of their light sources in full LED technology helps make the front view of the new MINI Paceman distinctively expressive. Perfect for improving visibility in fog, the light is generated by three LED units arranged horizontally at the centre of the cluster and radiated across the entire surface of the headlamp. The daytime driving light takes the form of a luminous ring fed by 15 LED units. When the parking lights are switched on, only five LED units are active in the upper third of the ring.



SAFETY


The suspension technology of the MINI Paceman is of exceptionally high quality for the compact segment and in conjunction with its powerful engines contributes to the car's impressive agility. Unmistakable go-kart feeling is guaranteed by the combination of McPherson spring struts and forged wishbones on the front axle, a multilink rear axle and electromechanical power steering including Steptronic as well as the specific set-up of the standard sports suspension.

The outstanding qualities of the MINI Paceman also include precisely controllable drive response and excellent occupant protection. The integrated MINI safety concept comprises a crash-optimised body structure and a full range of features in the areas of active and passive safety. All in all, this puts occupant safety at the same level of the MINI Countryman, which was awarded the top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test. The new MINI Paceman is fitted as standard with daytime driving light as well as tyre pressure control on each individual tyre. Constant measurement of pressure means that the driver is given an early warning of potential loss in each tyre.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also forms part of the standard trim of the MINI Paceman. Dynamic Traction Control (DSC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control is on board as standard in conjunction with the allwheel drive system ALL4 and in the models MINI Cooper S Paceman and MINI Cooper SD Paceman. The ALL4 electronic management system is networked with the DSC system in every model variant with all-wheel drive so as to ensure maximum traction, ride stability and sporty flair on bends by means of very fast reactions.

Extensive additional equipment features are available to increase driving fun, comfort and individual style. There are numerous upholstery types, interior colours, interior trims and Colour Lines to choose from for the MINI Paceman. Standard features include automatic air conditioning, the MINI Center Rail, a radio system comprising a CD player with MP3 capability, AUX-in socket and five speakers. The high-quality options include xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, automatic air conditioning, comfort access, the electrically operated glass roof, a removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, the MINI navigation system, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

Another offer typical of MINI is the innovative in-car infotainment program which can be used in conjunction with the Radio MINI Visual Boost and the MINI navigation system. With MINI Connected, the British manufacturer emphasises its leading role in the intelligent networking of driver, automobile and the outside world based on cutting-edge interface technology. The integration of entertainment and online functions offered by modern smartphones helps make driving a MINI even more fascinating, convenient and entertaining. It enables the use of vehicle-specific functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser as well as online-based services. Integration is via apps, with functional diversity being expanded on an ongoing basis. Current functions include web radio, the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn. Operation is intuitive and typically MINI in style via the on-board computer in the central instrument, the MINI Joy Stick in the centre console, the multifunction buttons of the steering wheel and also voice control



ENGINE & TRANSMISSION



The MINI Paceman is the second model of the brands in which hallmark driving fun is enriched with an additional facet. Specially developed for MINI, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 distributes drive power at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle by means of an electromagnetic centre differential and is available for all model variants of the MINI Paceman as an alternative to front-wheel drive.

What is more, all engines available for the MINI Paceman can be optionally combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic transmission offers the possibility of manual drive position selection with Steptronic - including shift paddles at the steering wheel on request.

The optional Sport Button provides an individualised set-up (as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman). This allows very direct characteristic curves to be activated for the accelerator and steering. In conjunction with the automatic transmission, pressing the Sport Button also results in changes to the shift points. This is supplemented by a particularly striking engine sound in the MINI Cooper S Paceman.



FUEL ECONOMY


The Paceman offers three available engines. Base models use a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder rated at 121 horsepower and 116 lb-ft of torque. That engine returns 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission or 25 mpg city/30 mpg hwy with the available automatic.

Step up to the Cooper S Paceman, and you'll get the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, except with a turbocharger. It makes 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and its fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg city/32 mpg hwy or slightly less with the available all-wheel-drive system.

Topping the range is the 208-hp John Cooper Works Paceman, which is only offered with all-wheel drive. It returns 25 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with a manual transmission or 23 mpg city/30 mpg hwy with an automatic.



NISSAN JUKE v/s MINI PACEMAN



The beauty of being the Nissan Juke, other than the fact that it looks wonky for a car of any size, is that it has the ability to cross over to a number of segments. You can line it up against a bigger crossover like the Subaru XV or you can line it up with another two-door model like the Mini Paceman.

It’s an interesting comparison between the two models, largely due to the fact that both models come with a design unique to their own. The Paceman may have the slight edge because of its German roots, but the Juke really isn’t that far behind considering the progress Nissan has made in its own brand of auto technology.

Power might favor the Paceman, thanks to its myriad of engine options, but again, the Juke’s 1.6-liter inline-four engine that produces 188 horsepower is on par with what the Cooper Paceman S is capable of delivering.

One other thing that swings the argument to the side of the Juke is its price. The base model is just under $20,000 and it has enough trims to choose from to make a purchase worthwhile. Even the top-of-the-line SL AWD retails for just under $26,000, slightly lower than the price we anticipate the 2015 Cooper S Paceman will have.


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