- The updated 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman is set to arrive at U.S. dealerships late this summer.
- Mini Communications Manager Nathalie Bauters told Edmunds that pricing will be announced in June.
- Bauters was unable to confirm rumors that the Paceman might be discontinued after the 2015 model year.
Mini Communications Manager Nathalie Bauters told Edmunds that production of the three-door crossover will begin in July and should be available to U.S. buyers soon after that. She said pricing will be announced in June.
Exterior changes for 2015 include standard LED fog and running lights, a redesigned grille, choice of chrome or piano black trim and lightweight alloy wheels with a five-star triangular spoke pattern.
New colors include Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic. Contrasting paint finish in either black or white is offered as a no-cost option.
The interior of the 2015 Mini Cooper Paceman has been spruced up with anthracite-colored gauges and chrome trim on the vent controls. The available Mini Connected infotainment system, which integrates with a variety smartphones, provides heightened levels of connectivity and control of communication, audio and online functions.
Power has been increased for the sportier Paceman S and John Cooper Works variants. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the S model now puts out 190 horsepower, while in the JCW it's boosted to 218 hp. In all models, engines can be mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic with available paddle shifters.
For some time, rumors have circulated that the Mini Cooper Paceman may be discontinued, which could make 2015 the last year for the model. Just 3,262 units were sold in all of 2013, compared to sales of 26,954 units for the Mini Cooper Coupe and 21,325 for the Mini Cooper Countryman four-door crossover.
But Bauters told Edmunds: "Those are rumors that I cannot confirm. The Mini Paceman went on sale in 2013, and is not even mid-lifecycle."
Edmunds says: Mini has made some sensible tweaks on the Paceman that should please car shoppers.