Car brand MINI has launched the Paceman: a cross between a sports activity vehicle and a coupé (+ slideshow).

Paceman by MINI

"It's an innovative concept, a car that the world has never seen before in that shape and form," head of design at MINI Anders Warming told Dezeen at the launch in Mallorca.

Paceman by MINI

With much of the front of the car based on the five-door MINI Countryman, the three-door Paceman model has some significant changes to the roof and rear design to make it look more sporty. "Where MINI so far had the vertical lights sitting on the out board of the fenders, we have now horizontal emphasis at the back with the tail lights that give an impression of width. That's completely new to MINI," says Warming. "It's very precise and go-kart-like, so I think horizontal tail lights emphasise this road holding."

Paceman by MINI

Large doors allow easy access to the back of the car, which has plenty of head room for a coupé and two individual chairs rather than an integrated back seat. Other features include a large, circular speedometer in the centre console and a built-in smart phone dock.

Paceman by MINI

The Paceman was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September. Previous designs we've featured by MINI include a panel-van version of the Clubman and a concept for an electric scooter.

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Below is some more information from MINI:

MINI presents the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment; MINI Paceman is the seventh model in the brand family and offers an innovative combination of sporty, extrovert design, hallmark MINI driving fun and an exclusive interior ambience; unique, yet typically MINI, vehicle concept opens up new target groups for the brand’s inimitable style; two doors, large tailgate, lounge concept with two individual seats in the rear.

Paceman by MINI

Expressive, emotionally powerful body design with prominent horizontal lines and powerfully curved surfaces; dynamic proportions in hallmark MINI design language create superbly sporting impression; sporty and elegant appearance and powerful stature of the MINI Paceman symbolise the innovative combination of go-kart feeling on the road and enhanced versatility through optional all-wheel drive.

Upright front end exudes power and presence; hexagonal radiator grille with broad chrome surround, black bordering on the lower edge of the body and other typically MINI design elements lend an individual touch; coupé-style stretched side profile with long doors, dynamically downward- sloping roofline and greenhouse tapering towards the rear; muscular flared wheel arches; distinctive roof form adapted to the car’s coupé lines with integrated rear spoiler; roof can be specified in body colour, white or black; sloping rear window; rear lights in horizontal arrangement for the first time on a MINI.

Paceman by MINI

Bespoke interior design creates typically MINI impression; powerfully formed, horizontally structured instrument panel with newly designed surrounds for the air vents; large circular Centre Speedo, also with new surround in black and decorative inner rings in high-gloss black or chrome; surrounds for the central control panel in a contrasting colour; window buttons arranged in the door panel trim; three-dimensional door ellipses reaching into the rear compartment (illumination optional).

Full-size individual seats in the rear offer high levels of comfort and lateral support, plus generous shoulder room and headroom; legroom optimised through cut-outs in the front seat backrests; integrated armrests in the rear side panel trim; two-section version of the MINI Centre Rail storage and attachment system comes as standard, full-length variant available as an option; variable use of space possible through individually folding rear seat backrests; load capacity: 330 – 1,080 litres.

Paceman by MINI

Particularly powerful engines and standard lowered sports suspension accentuate the trademark MINI go-kart feeling; regular suspension and ride height are available as a no-cost option; two petrol and two diesel engines offered from launch with an output spread from 82 kW/112 hp to 135 kW/184 hp; MINI John Cooper Works Paceman version is in the pipeline; all variants come with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic as an option; MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system available for the MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman and MINI Cooper D Paceman; outstanding efficiency thanks to state-of-the-art powertrain technology and extensive MINIMALISM technology fitted as standard; Sport Button available as an option.

Sophisticated chassis technology featuring MacPherson spring struts and forged cross members at the front axle, a multi-link rear axle and Electric Power Steering with Servotronic function; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) optional (standard on the MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman and MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4); 16-inch light-alloy wheels as standard (MINI Cooper S Paceman and MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 17-inch); 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels available as an option.

Paceman by MINI

Outstanding occupant protection provided by crash-optimised body structure and extensive range of safety equipment; front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear and a run-flat indicator fitted as standard.

Array of standard equipment includes air conditioning, sports seats for driver and front passenger, Centre Rail and radio MINI CD; high-quality items of optional equipment and wide variety of individualisation options in typical MINI style; selection includes xenon headlights, Adaptive Headlights, rain sensor, Park Distance Control, Comfort Access, electrically operated glass roof and trailer coupling; large choice of exterior paint finishes, bonnet stripes, upholstery variants, interior surfaces and Colour Lines; MINI navigation system, Harman Kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system and unique in-car infotainment functions available via MINI Connected.

  • FRL

    The car is large and the price is high. Why are they still called Mini?

    • Sam

      Mini is the brand name – it’s not currently there to describe the size of every car it makes. If you buy a Jaguar you wouldn’t expect a large cat to arrive on you doorstep would you? However, I do find these recent incarnations to be rather tiresome.

      • FRL

        LOL, of course it’s the brand name. I just thought they had some sort of philosophy of the brand name MINI, hence the old car size. Yeah, I agree with you. Tiresome indeed.

  • DigitHAL9000

    I’m so tired of all these new Mini versions. They’re destroying Mini’s original concept and the legacy of the original model.

  • Not sure about it – it looks unhappy from the front :(

  • nic

    The concept drawing looks much nimbler, more "mini" then the finished product. Especially the back part.

  • The concept sketch looks reasonably okay, but the real thing looks overblown and rather porky. It’s still got that unergonomic dash design, more’s the pity.

  • Alwin

    When is MINI going to make SUVs?

  • Concerned Citizen

    It’s still just a coupé.

  • stefano

    Another not-so-great-looking extension of the brand. I wish they stuck to what they used to do best, i.e., great small cars. It’s not even that innovative actually. It has a very strong resemblance to the Range Rover (another misguided use of the brand name) evoque.

  • Mini's version of the Range Rover Evoque. Yawn.

  • Can BMW stop milking this car. The original version was a successful representation of the original’s design cues despite the much larger size which to some extent was dictated by crash tests and legislation etc. But seriously stop at the Clubman – you can demote a brand and ‘want-a-bility’ by trying to morph the genesis of the original into every car sector.