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Maximum Mini- Keeping Pace with the Paceman

Sections: Chassis, Fuel Economy, Infotainment, Navigation, Powertrain, Telematics

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Mini PacemanThis week finds me in a Mini Paceman.  Somehow it seems to evoque certain other vehicles while roving about.  A lot of buyers purchase the Mini on style, and if you going to go for style, might as well go big or go home.  The Paceman delivers with its stretched-coupe looks and concept-car interior divider, complete with an accessory rail that can attach Mini doodads with a few clicks.  The rear seat had in place a cupholder and sunglasses case my daughter quickly deemed a storage compartment for a package of Goldfish (of the Pepperidge Farm variety).  They could be swapped out for other accessories.

The Paceman features Mini’s All4 four wheel drive and a 1.6 liter Turbo BMW mill.  And the gotta love it insanity of the largest speedometer in the world glued right in the center stack.  Living in the center of the speedometer is the Mini infotainment system.  We’ll get into that in future stories.  But first impressions?  I think the vehicle is a looker.  The Paceman is a rarity and in the electric blue sapphire it looks the part.  But one NYC pothole did not agree with the Mini’s suspension and made me get out to see if there were any bubbles on the sidewalls.  Luckily the tires and wheels survived but the ride is not for those looking to be coddled.  As soon as the road smoothed out on the LIE, the Mini tracked straight and rode fine.  I’m interested to see how it does the rest of the week and get back to you.

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