First Luxury Mini: The Pacemaker

Mini is getting ready to enter the luxury car market with their latest creation, the Mini Paceman. The concept will be first presented to the public at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show between January 10-23. Until then, you can watch the photos and the official video of the car below.

From a first glance you can see that the vehicle is all Mini, and cannot be mistaken for anything else. But there are some elements that make it stand out from the rest of the Mini models. It draws a little inspiration from the Mini Countryman and ads a little coupe style for a brand new, dynamic look.

It features a lowered roof (by 2 cm at the front and 4 at the rear), a redesigned grill, a narrow trunk lid, repositioned air intakes and fog lights, large new taillights and 19-inch alloys. Inside you’ll find front sport seats and two comfortable rear seats covered in light-colored leather. The idea was to create a club lounge-like atmosphere inside.

The Pacemaker is a 4.11 meters (about 13.5 feet) long, 1.78 meters (about 5.8 feet) wide, and 1.54 meters (about 5 feet) tall car, powered by the most powerful Mini engine: the Mini John Cooper Works 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 211 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The production version of the vehicle will be offered with an optional all-wheel-drive system.

Everything sounds very appealing about this new luxury Mini. But that can only be true for the real Mini fans, while others might prefer larger vehicles for a luxury ride.

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