The choice of all-wheel-drive MINI models is poised for further expansion in March 2013. That’s when the MINI Paceman will be launched, boosting to eight the number of models available with ALL4 as standard or as an option. The first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment sees ALL4 optionally teaming up with the diesel engines in the MINI Cooper SD Paceman (105 kW/143 hp) and MINI Cooper D Paceman (82 kW/112 hp), as well as the petrol unit under the bonnet of the MINI Cooper S Paceman (135 kW/184 hp). Also primed for action is the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Fitted with the all-wheel-drive system as standard, it converts the power of its 160 kW/218 hp, race-developed engine into extreme driving fun with supreme assurance in any situation. All models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a six-speed automatic can be ordered as an option.
Mini frustrates me. They make niche cars that don’t really make sense such as the Paceman and cool one-off concepts that do such as the Clubvan. This special one-off Paceman Adverture pick up is the best use of a Paceman I’ve seen. Oh how I wish Mini would make this. It’d be ideal for nipping around town in a post-apocalyptic world. And with a 200bhp 1.6 turbo it’ll be a sure fire way to make you smile.