2013 MINI Cooper Paceman Road Test & Review: Design
The Cooper Paceman features what is probably the most complex exterior design of any MINI model to date. MINI considers the Paceman a compact coupe crossover. As such, it features the tallish ride height and profile expected of a crossover— yet the overall look is decidedly MINI.
MINI’s traditional black bordering on the lower edge of the body, the turn signal repeater at the trailing edge of the front fender between the A-pillar and front wheel arch, and the clear three-level split of the body, passenger compartment, and floating roof are all traditional MINI styling cues. Complementing them is a newfound muscularity derived from dynamically sweeping lines and boldly curved surfaces.
The roof for example sweeps downward toward the rear of the car, while the shoulder line rises in that same direction, creating a sort of a reverse wedge shape. The arched rear fenders, along with the high character line and sculptured surfacing of the rather lengthy doors add detailing to the profile of the car. These features also telegraph the power and capaciousness of the automobile.
As it approaches in your rear-view mirror, there is no mistaking the Paceman for anything other than a MINI. The broad strip of chrome surrounding the traditional MINI grille is the largest ever employed by the company, however it looks right at home next to the large headlights and the domed hood line. Together, these elements give the Paceman the beloved bulldog facial characteristic MINI owners so covet about their cars.
Paceman is also the first MINI model to use horizontal taillights and a rear nameplate.