Mini Gives new Paceman the JCW Treatment

Posted by: Kenny Chan onDecember 12th, 2012

In an effort to expand their model lineup, MINI introduced a new model that didn’t really make sense to us. The Mini Paceman, which we showed you from the LA Auto Show, is a lowered Mini Countryman with only two doors. It didn’t really make much sense to us, and we poked fun at what MINI calls the new segment of cars that the Paceman falls into. The Sport Activity Coupe, or SAC as it is known around these parts, is an addition to the Mini Cooper line-up that really does not serve a purpose or solve any problems.

So, what do you do as an automaker to try to make it a bit more exciting? If you are MINI, you would give the new Paceman the John Cooper Works treatment and launch the 2014 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. ALL4, all wheel drive comes standard on the JCW Paceman but a 6-speed automatic is optional. There are no advantages to either the auto or manual transmission as MINI claims both will take 6.9s to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a stand still.

The new addition will get its world debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. It will be available for purchase in the Spring.

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