What is it?
The fastest, most powerful and, by some margin, most expensive model in the newly facelifted Mini Paceman line-up – the John Cooper Works Pacemen All4.
Planned to go on sale in the UK alongside other more affordable facelifted Countryman and Paceman models this month, the £29,440 John Cooper Works Paceman aims to provide competition to a growing number of performance-orientated crossover-style vehicles. Included among its rivals are the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI and recently introduced Mercedes-Benz GLA250 Sport.
As we said when it was unveiled at the Beijing motor show back in April, there is precious little to differentiate this facelifted model from the original John Cooper Works Paceman.
Among the subtle visual changes is a lightly altered grille that now includes a red horizontal rib, and newly styled 18-inch alloy wheels. Buyers can also opt for an optional LED function for the daytime running lights and foglights, but that is about the extent of what really is a very minor mid-life makeover for the extravagantly styled three-door.
Earlier suggestions that the facelifted Paceman would adopt the same much-improved interior as the latest hatchback have proven unfounded. Somewhat disappointingly, it retains the same retro-inspired interior as before, albeit with added sound deadening material aimed at reducing road noise.