From the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman.
(upbeat music) <v Narrator>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, this is Joe Bruzek from Cars.com. This is the Mini Paceman.
Now, it's kind of an odd looking car, it's kind of a coupe, it's kind of an SUV, but it's basically a two-door version of Mini's Countryman four-door SUV. The Paceman has two fewer doors than the Countryman and also a much sleeker roof, they give this very coupe like appearance. Now, what's not very coupe like, at least in this price range, that you can get the Paceman with all-wheel drive, which gives it a very unique combination. There's not too many non-luxury two-doors that have all-wheel drive. Now, that sleek roofline disrupts rear headroom. The top of my head is touching the headliner on this car. This also has the optional moonroof, which is a two panel moonroof, and the back one actually vents, just like the Countryman. Now, unlike the Countryman, there's only two seats in the back here, where you can get seating for three in the Countryman. Getting in and out of the Paceman is pretty easy, there's just a one latch that slides and moves the seat forward. It's also lower to the ground than the Countryman from a lowered suspension that all of them have. The Paceman comes in base and up level S models. Now, the S models use a turbocharged engine with 181 horsepower, and it's only the S models where you can get the available all-wheel drive. Now, the S model started around $27,000, and even with all-wheel drive, you're looking at a two-door vehicle with all-wheel drive that's significantly less than a lot of luxury cars that offer the same configuration. The Mini Paceman goes on sale in Spring 2013. <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com, or our blog, KickingTires.net.