Rate It: Mini Paceman Pre-Runner

What do you get when take apprentices from BMW's Munich and Dingolfing plants and let them play around with any BMW product of their choosing?

Apparently, you get this: the Mini Paceman Adventure—a one-off unveiled back in 2014.

Based on a Mini Cooper S Paceman ALL4 (the two-door version of the Countryman that they stopped selling a few years ago), the apprentices converted the back seat into a truck bed, modified the suspension to increase ride height, and added off-road must-haves like a snorkel intake and extra driving lights.

It's said to be "suitable for driving on gravel roads, through muddy tracks or on desert trails." So, would you take this one-off, off-road Mini for a spin?

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Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 12:40 p.m.

It's cool, but they really should've done better on that tailgate...

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
7/20/20 1:46 p.m.

Cool to see a modern take on the commercial

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/20/20 3:16 p.m.

I like it. Put a bike in the back....

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
7/20/20 3:22 p.m.

Upon reading the title and thinking of the idea and potential, I thought that I'd love it. But upon seeing the final product, I unfortunately don't. 

 

It does make me think of other potential prerunner platforms though. 

Shadeux (Forum Supporter)
Shadeux (Forum Supporter) Dork
7/20/20 3:58 p.m.

Ick.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 4:16 p.m.

Needs more Red Bull.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
7/20/20 4:40 p.m.

Unfortunately, it looks more like an exercise in a hacksaw gone berserk........maybe their Sawzall got out of control.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 4:42 p.m.

Considering they kinda had to work with the existing Paceman hatch, the tailgate is acceptable.

Once in awhile I think a Paceman All4 JCW would be fun to have.  They didn't sell many, so you definitely wouldn't see another one very often.

LopRacer
LopRacer Dork
7/20/20 5:02 p.m.

I think it's an interesting experiment. Cooler than a Subaru Baja, but not nearly as cool as the Brat. If that makes nay sense?

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 9:24 p.m.

I tend to like Ute conversions, but honestly, this one looks kinda silly. And if you have an open bed there, why the hell would you put the tire (and its weight) up on the roof? (rhetorical question....I know full well that if you're gonna pose as a "rally" or "baja" or whatever you have to have a roof rack with tire and lights on it). Also, I know it doesn't need much air, but that snorkel is hilariouslly tiny :)

But, I guess as a pre-runner (i.e. a scout car for rally or whatever), it would probably be decent. 

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/21/20 3:55 a.m.

I think Hyundai did it better

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/21/20 10:34 a.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

No pickup. But, yeah, it does look cool. 

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