The Mini Paceman will be priced from $35,900 when the new two-door compact crossover range arrives in Australian showrooms in March.

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Commanding a premium of $1800-$2200 over the four-door Mini Countryman on which it's based, Mini's seventh model line costs $35,900 in entry-level Paceman Cooper specification and $44,100 in the sportier Paceman Cooper S form.

Mini Australia general manager Kai Bruesewitz says while the Paceman has its own individual personality, it remains unmistakably a member of the Mini family.

“This is true of the Paceman which combines dynamic performance and agility with a raised driving position and lounge like interior complete with individual seating for each of the four possible occupants, all wrapped up in coupe body,” Bruesewitz said.

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Both models come standard mated to a six-speed manual gearbox but with the optional $2350 six-speed automatic transmission selected, sprint times for the two Pacemen increase to 11.5 seconds and 7.8 seconds, respectively, as does fuel consumption and emissions – 7.6L/100km and 177g/km for the Cooper and 7.5L/100km and 175g/km for the Cooper S.

On top of the Countryman’s standard features the Mini Paceman Cooper scores dynamic stability control, automatic headlights, front and rear foglights, rain-sensing wipers, multi-function leather-bound sports steering wheel, Chrome Line interior, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and 16-inch 5-Star alloy wheels.

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A notch above, the Paceman Cooper S also gains dynamic traction control, Sport button, clear indicator lenses, stainless steel pedals and footrest, and 17-inch 5-Hole black star alloys. Sports seats and sports suspension feature as standard on both models.

Available in a choice of eight colours including Blazing Red, Brilliant Copper metallic and a new Starlight Blue metallic, the Mini Paceman, in most cases, can be selected with a roof and mirror caps in contrasting black or white.

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Hot on the heels of the Mini Paceman will be the arrival of the updated Mini Countryman, and the company’s fastest-ever production car, the Mini John Cooper Works GP, both expected around March.

2013 Mini Paceman manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Mini Paceman Cooper manual – $35,900
  • Mini Paceman Cooper automatic – $38250
  • Mini Paceman Cooper S – $44,100
  • Mini Paceman Cooper S automatic – $46,450