Mini already confirmed that it plans to cancel the Paceman upon introducing the next generation of the Countryman, meaning that the refreshed 2015 Mini Paceman shown in Beijing is likely the final iteration of the two-door compact crossover. The 2015 Mini Paceman gains an array of exterior appearance cues alongside slightly increased power for Paceman S and John Cooper Works models, changes that mirror those applied to the four-door Countryman at last week’s New York auto show.
New design elements for the 2015 Mini Paceman start with a new Piano Black exterior trim. Black trim on the headlamp and rear light surrounds, optional roof rails, mirror caps, radiator grille, and the extended A-pillar linkages on the front fenders add a more aggressive character. A no-cost Chrome Line exterior package is also available. Paceman S and Paceman Works models now feature their own distinctive badging on the front grille, while all Paceman models benefit from new Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic exterior paint options. LED fog, parking, and daytime lights are also now standard for all Paceman models.
Interior changes, while minor, do bring the slightly more premium flavor to the Paceman cabin. Anthracite coloring now adorns the speed and display dials of all models rather than just the Works variant, while chrome trim for the ventilation controls further refine the interior.
Mini Paceman S and Works models each sport increased horsepower, with the S model’s 1.6-liter turbo-four now making 190 hp (9 hp more than before) and the Works getting an additional 10 hp for a total of 218 hp. Efficiency also slightly improves thanks to light alloy wheels, better underbody air ducting, and tires with less rolling resistance.
It’s a last-ditch effort from Mini for the slow-selling Paceman, which sold just 3262 units in all of 2013. Compared to the four-door Countryman’s 21,325 units sold, it’s no surprise why the 2015 Mini Paceman will not continue on into the next generation.