Mini Gets On All4s for the New Paceman
It's no mystery that Mini is getting a lot less mini as it ages (and is taken over by Bavarians), but in all, the quirky bunch has matured into a real live carmaker...for real sized people. Relatively new models like the Countryman and the Coupe have opened up the market to a broader, more refined audience, and the Cooper continues to remain a cult classic. But as Mini continues to grow into massive, the niche car brand is still looking for a definitive placement for its Paceman cross-coupe off-road thing before it goes on sale. Granted, it is still the newest model in the lineup, but the funky coupe-UV just doesn't play nice with the simplicity of the Cooper. Introducing, the Mini Cooper D Paceman All4. With the expansion into a new market relatively similar to the Nissan Jukes and BMW X3s of the world, the Paceman needed a bit more refinement before laying claim as a true competitor.
Retaining the signature "go-kart feeling" synonymous with Minis of past and present, the introduction of the All4 all-wheel drive system hopes to pull even more sales numbers when it hits showrooms in March of this year, appealing to a more traction-minded set of consumers. Honestly, we're not sure how the All4 Paceman will fare, but it is handsome, it's British (technically) and it does go off-road. So that's sort of awesome. PHOTOS: See more of the 2013 Mini Cooper D Paceman All4