Upcoming in next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the Paceman Concept from BMW’s Mini. As with most American motor shows, you can expect the usual suspects like GM, Hummer and such to showcase their new models and concepts which are not too popular around here but with the Mini, it might just be a bit different.
According to the company, they have conducted the study to integrate what the 4 door Mini Countryman is popular for with what you usually get in a coupe model and if the results are feasible enough, then the Paceman could make it to the production lines. Mini called this the SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) which will be a 2 door 4 seater model that is designed based on the JWC (John Cooper Works) design.
If you ever thought that the logo at the back is too small and the car is too squarish, then this might be the answer to your concerns. It now comes with a bigger emblem at the back which majestically tells everyone you are driving a Mini while the roof of the car has been given a more aerodynamic curve. It will be powered up with the 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine that gets you up to 211horses and 260NM of torque. The concept model is fitted with the front-wheel drive system where the ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive system would be an alternative depending on the customers.
Naturally, you can see this concept as a 2 door hatchback vehicle with a strong and aggressive persona because it looks very much different as compared to the other Minis. Measuring at 4,110 millimetres in length, 1,789 millimetres in width and 1,541 millimetres in height, it also comes with an Overboost option that gives you more power while the Countryman ALL4 wheel drive system surely improves its performance.
The other nice things you see here are the 19 inch wheels which apart from looking good does the bit for better handling which the Mini is already known for. They have also fitted in MacPherson spring struts in the front axle while you also get a speed-sensitive power assisted Electric Power Steering. At press time, no confirmation has been given on whether Mini will keep all those mentioned but with looks like this, Mini will surely not settle for second best.