2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Self-described "crossover coupe" debuts in early January at NAIAS.
- Mini says Paceman "could be another building block" in the brand's development.
- 211-horsepower JCW turbo 1.6-liter drives all four wheels.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — BMW's Mini brand will unveil its latest design concept, the Mini Paceman, in early January at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
Described as a "crossover coupe," the Paceman "could form yet another building block in the development of the Mini brand," according to the company, which says "no decision has been made" about future production.
The four-seat Paceman picks up on some familiar Mini styling cues, including a radiator grille lifted from the Countryman and oversize headlamps. The overall shape of the little two-door is a little less boxy than the standard Mini Cooper and just a bit more trapezoidal, with bulgy rear fenders, but there is no mistaking the Paceman's design heritage.
Mini makes a puzzling reference to the concept as being "urban and masculine," noting such exterior details as foglamps, air intakes in the front bumper, dark wheel-arch surrounds with matching side skirts, a rear diffuser integrated into the bumper, a "helmet" roof painted in white and unique 19-inch wheels.
At 161.8 inches long overall, the Paceman concept is 15 inches longer than the standard two-door Mini Cooper. It also stands more than 4 inches taller, at 60.7 inches, and is 4 inches wider, at 70.4 inches.
Interior features include Mini's signature central speedo, plus a slim center console, as well as a center rail first seen on the Countryman. The leather-wrapped cockpit also sports shaped armrests with large storage compartments.
Power comes from the turbocharged John Cooper Works 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 211 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque (207 lb-ft in overboost).
The Paceman also borrows the Countryman's All4 permanent all-wheel-drive system, and employs MacPherson struts and lower control arms in front, with a multilink rear axle.
Edmunds.com says: Mini appears to be shaving its market niche into ever-smaller slices. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent