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BMW Plans to Ramp Up Mini Paceman

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On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:39PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

BMW Plans to Ramp Up Mini Paceman

Now that all the glitz, glamour, and glad-handing of the Detroit Auto Show is over, it’s time to for the automakers to get back to the business of actually making all those cars. BMW is rolling up their sleeves to make sure their new sports activity coupe Mini Paceman will be rolling off the assembly line. They’ve awarded the Mini Paceman building contract to Magna Steyr, the Austria-based company which already is making their Mini Countryman. Think of this as keeping it all in the family.

BMW development head Klaus Draeger is the point man on this project and knows all the specs. “Yes, we will have the Paceman built in Graz too,” he recently told a local paper. “As the auto is technically based on the Countryman it makes sense to go to Graz for this as well.”

The Paceman will represent the seventh in the ever expanding Mini lineup. The projected factory build start date is late in 2012 for a 2013 delivery date. They’ll be making 20,000 of the minis right out of the box.

Ian Robertson, a member of BMW's board, said of the Paceman, “It will find an audience among buyers who are interested in four-wheel drive, but want a sport coupe product rather than a four-door sedan.”

The stats on the Paceman break down like this: it will be built off the same platform as the four-door Countryman. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be getting a clone of the Countryman. Just to keep things interesting, the front-end has been restyled closer to the classic Cooper S for the Paceman. This will allow for extra intakes on the front bumper to help out with brake cooling. Under the hood you’ll find a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, providing a zippy 211hp.

From the official press release of the Paceman, the car is described as “the first sports activity coupe in the small-vehicle segment and is pitching the concept at extrovert urban professionals who like a unique look—and don't mind being looked at.”

If you care about the drive, this Mini has an all-wheel-drive system. Although the drive is split up between the front and the rear, you can opt to kick in the centre differential to have the rear do all the driving. You’ll also be getting 19-inch wheels, a flat roof, and wrap-around glass. Inside you’ll enjoy slipping into comfy four leather-trimmed seats. What more could you want from a Mini?


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