MINI Paceman Concept

Concept Cars 21 Dec 2010
MINI Paceman Concept

At the 2011 Detroit Motor Show MINI will unveil the Paceman Concept, a study of a sporty version of the Countryman model that brings the Sports Activity Coupé concept to the small premium segment.

MINI Paceman Concept Design SketchThe MINI Paceman concept will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show(10-23 January 2011).

The Paceman combines the trademark MINI design with the defining features of the MINI Countryman and the style of a coupe.

The exterior design combines the aesthetic language of the brand with a rugged and muscular look and some elements borrowed from the Countryman – such as the front grille.

Compared to the four-door model, the Paceman has a strong accent on horizontal lines, which emphasizes the car’s width and dynamic stance.

MINI Paceman Concept Design Sketch

The distinctive elements include large headlights with chrome surrounds, the sturdy black plastic wheel surrounds and side skirts and the large 19 inches wheels.

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Thanks to the transparent C-pillars, the side windows form a single visual element that makes the roof – finished in a contrasting color – appear to be floating (“helmet” roof).

MINI Paceman Concept Interior Design Sketch MINI Paceman Concept Interior Design Sketch

The interior design builds on the brand’s model line-up and features a slim centre console integrated with the Centre Rail introduced with the MINI Countryman.

Among the details is a new interpretation of the elliptical door and side trim.

The concept is powered by the John Cooper Works 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine, generating 211 hp and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft). According to MINI, no decision has been made about a future production version.

From the official Press Release:

Exterior Design

MINI Paceman Concept

The MINI Paceman Concept retains the familiar MINI family front end while adding some new elements: the large headlights with chrome surrounds extend deep into the front wings and, together with the distinctively contoured hood, emphasize the imposing nose of the car.

The radiator grille is essentially the same as that of the Cooper S Countryman barring additional air intakes in the bumper to deliver improved brake ventilation and the incorporation of new deep set fog lights.

From the side the MINI Paceman Concept features a fresh interpretation of the front wing and side indicator that attracts the eye from the A-pillars down to the unique design 19 inch front wheels.

This rugged and sturdy design element is complemented by dark wheel arch surrounds with matching side skirts that emphasize the masculine, sporting nature of Paceman.

The familiar MINI shoulder line that rises towards the rear of the Paceman Concept also hints at its sporting intent.  Less familiar is the glass and roof treatment.

As the waistline rises the flat roofline flows into a wide C-pillar that appears to be transparent.  The windows appear to wrap around the car like a band of glass with the roof ‘suspended’ on top and painted in a striking, contrasting color.

This is known as the ‘helmet’ roof.  The coupé-style windows taper towards the rear and the whole effect is one of a dynamic wedge shape.

“In contrast to the more vertical design of the MINI Countryman, we’ve given the MINI Paceman Concept a horizontal emphasis and accentuated the width of the car” explained Marcus Syring, Head of MINI Exterior Design.

A new interpretation of the classic coupé design has given the MINI Paceman Concept a distinctive coupé tail that complements the athletic character of the car.

New rear lights positioned at the outer edges of the broad, muscular rear wings underline the dominance of horizontal lines, which run parallel to one another and emphasize the wide track of the rear axle.

As with the MINI Cooper S Countryman, the rear apron of the MINI Paceman Concept features a diffuser that channels the airflow between the twin exhausts and further enhances the car’s aerodynamic properties.

Even the license plate recess echoes the form of the front air intake in order to forge a stylistic link between the front and rear of the car.

The MINI Paceman Concept measures 4,110 millimetres in length, 1,789 millimetres in width and 1,541 millimetres in height.  In archetypal MINI style, the Paceman has extremely short front and rear overhangs to facilitate the familiar go kart driving responses.

Interior Design

The interior of the MINI Paceman Concept deliberately draws on MINI’s unique and distinctive design language, yet it also imparts a refreshing new look.

The interior environment that exudes premium quality and funky design.  The instrument panel of the MINI study is defined by its distinctive, concave forms and the sporting yet functional impression it creates.  The central air vents, Central Speedo and gearshift lever feature outer rings in a contrasting colour while large side air vents underline the MINI character still further.

The slim centre console, which maximizes legroom for the driver and front passenger, coalesces into the Centre Rail pioneered by the MINI Countryman, thereby creating a visual and functional link between the front and rear seats.

This unique and innovative U-profile rail system runs along the centreline of the passenger compartment as far as the rear seat backrests.

Light shades of leather lend an expression of luxurious allure to the interior of the MINI Paceman, while a new interpretation of the brand’s familiar elliptical door and side trim extends along the length of the cabin, taking in the B-pillar and emphasizing the length of the interior.

Shaped armrests with large stowage compartments, ergonomically designed door pulls and the speakers for the sound system are embedded in the main element of this ellipse.

Behind the front sports seats are two comfortably-shaped individual rear seats designed with backrests that merge distinctively into the seat sides in order to create fully contoured passenger support.

(Source: MINI)

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