2015 Mini Cooper Paceman
At the 2014 Beijing auto show, an updated 2015 Paceman has emerged, just two years after its introduction. Not surprisingly, the Paceman’s update closely resembles that of the refreshed 2015 Countryman.
First, for the record, you’re looking at the refreshed version here. And so you don’t spend the same hours we did pecking around for all the changes, we’ll itemize them for you here: Outside, there are some new colors, a new lightweight 17-inch wheel design in silver or fancy silver-and-anthracite, LED fog lamps with integrated DRLs, and a newly optional black exterior trim package. Inside, the gauges are now rendered in a dark anthracite color, while rain-sensing wipers and automatic climate control have been made standard on all Paceman models. That’s it for the stuff you can see. What you can’t see, but will certainly appreciate if you’ve ever driven a Paceman before, is the fitment of some much-needed acoustic materials to the door panels and trunk to help quiet the car on the road.
Like other Minis, the Paceman is available with a bevy of in-car infotainment and connectivity systems, although neither the Paceman nor the Countryman have adopted the new iDrive-like interface with touch pad found on the new 2014 Cooper hatchback.
As before, the Mini Cooper Paceman comes in three strengths: the wimpy, 121-hp base model; the gutsy, 181-hp S model; and the pretty damn fun, 208-hp John Cooper Works model. Standard across the board is a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic optional. And ALL4 all-wheel drive continues to be available on the Cooper S and standard on the JCW.
The 2015 Paceman goes into production in July and arrives in dealerships later in the summer. How long will it last? We give it another three, maybe four years tops, as Mini is planning to shrink its product range while adding a more conventional SUV that will knock the Paceman off its flagship perch.