• New Paceman is seventh model in the Mini range
• ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ is effectively a coupe version of the Countryman
• Both two- and four-wheel-drive versions are available

The seventh model in the Mini range will shortly go on sale. Dubbed a ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’, the Paceman is effectively a three-door version of the Countryman.

Like the Countryman, the Paceman offers the choice of two- and four-wheel drive, but there the similarities end. The new car has just four seats – with sports seats in the front – and the dramatic sweeping roofline gives its three-door a sporty coupe-like profile.

Inside, the cabin has a strong Mini feel, but includes new surrounds for the air vents, as well as a new black surround for the central speedo and decorative inner rings in high-gloss black or chrome.

Buyers have four engines to choose from – two petrol and two diesel, with power outputs running from 112 to 184bhp – and every model comes with lowered sports suspension. A high-performance John Cooper Works model is in development and will join the range in due course.

Among the standard equipment will be six airbags, stability control, air-conditioning and a stereo with an Aux-in socket, while the options include a sports leather steering wheel, heated seats, an electrically operated glass roof, adaptive Headlights and Park Distance Control. On top of that, in line with other Minis, the Paceman will also offer a wide range of options to personalise the car.

The new model will go sale in March next year, with prices starting at £18,970.

By Andy Pringle

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