What Is It?
The MINI Paceman is a 2-door version of the popular MINI Countryman, which straddles the line between crossover and hatchback. Revised for the latest model year, the 2015 MINI Paceman features subtle styling updates inside and out, along with a slight horsepower boost -- revisions first shown on the Countryman earlier this week at the New York Auto Show.
Updates to the Paceman's exterior are especially subtle. In fact, the updates are so subtle that we expect most shoppers won't be able to tell that anything has changed. There are new alloy wheel designs, for instance, along with a new radiator grille and newly standard front and rear side skirts on all-wheel-drive models. Also new are a few exterior colors, including Jungle Green and Midnight Grey Metallic.
Inside, the Paceman features minimal changes, with MINI reporting that the biggest update is newly standard chrome trim on the ventilation controls. One major item that stays the same is the car's speedometer, which remains in the center of the dashboard, even though it's been moved to the gauge cluster on smaller MINI Cooper models.
Under the hood, the biggest change to this year's Paceman lineup comes with a slight power bump for Cooper models. Last year's 181 horsepower rating is out. Instead, this year's model produces 190 hp, a minor change but an update nonetheless.
MINI hasn't announced pricing for the 2015 Paceman, but we'd expect it will be similar to the 2014 model's starting figure of around $24,000 with shipping.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because...
If you like quirky cars, the 2015 MINI Paceman is a good place to start. It's one of the few 2-door crossovers on the road, if you call it a crossover. It differs from other crossovers by offering only 4-cylinder engines and by focusing on handling over utility. The Countryman may be more practical, but the Paceman is certainly the MINI for shoppers who want to stand out from the crowd.
Other Cars to Consider
MINI Cooper -- Think of the MINI Cooper as a lowered Paceman and you wouldn't be too far off. Essentially the original MINI, the Cooper offers similar equipment to the Paceman but with improved handling and steering.
MINI Countryman -- MINI's larger Countryman offers the same chassis, driving position and engines, except with a more practical 4-door arrangement. Pricing is also similar to the Paceman's, meaning you don't have to pay more to get more.
Volkswagen Beetle -- If you're searching for a car that's sure to stand out from the crowd, consider VW's latest Beetle. Revised with more muscular styling, the Beetle remains one of the most distinctive cars on the road. It also boasts a sporty turbocharged version.