MINI is expanding its model range with the introduction of the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium compact segment. The Paceman is the brand’s second model after the MINI Countryman with a body measuring over four meters in length and which customers can order as an option with the MINI ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system.
The two-door crossover was introduced to the Parisian crowd by MINI’s Head of Marketing, Dr. Kay Segler, and Chief Designer Anders Warming.
The MINI Paceman will be available from launch with a choice of four powerful engines covering an output spread from 82 kW/112 hp to 135 kW/184 hp, which can be harnessed by a six-speed automatic gearbox as an option. Lowered sports suspension, meanwhile, comes as standard.
The Paceman will arrive in the dealerships by year end.
The sportiest road legal MINI that goes on sale this year, JCW GP, was also introduced in Paris. At launch time, the car will be available in a limited run of 2,000 cars. Underpinning the performance characteristics of the MINI John Cooper Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport.
An extensively modified four-cylinder turbo engine capable of developing 160 kW/ 218 hp is under the hood with adjustable coilover suspension, extra-powerful sports brake system and model-specific alloy wheels and sports tires. And to top it all off, with a DIN unladen weight of 1,160 kilograms, the MINI John Cooper Works GP is one of the lightest sports cars in its class.
Here are some live videos from Paris.