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April 30, 2014

The MINI Paceman Adventure concept

The MINI Paceman Adventure concept

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In a move that appears like a late April Fools' prank, MINI has revealed a pickup version of the Cooper S Paceman. The Paceman Adventure loses its rear seats in favor of a small bed and is beefed up for off-road driving. Useful or just plain weird – you decide.

The Paceman Adventure isn't a preview of a potential production MINI truck. It's a project that MINI used to nurture young, learning minds. MINI instructors worked on the vision with their apprentices in BMW's plants in Munich and Dingolfing.

The Paceman may seem like a completely random candidate for a pickup conversion, but there was at least a little method to the madness. The team chose the 184-hp Cooper S Paceman ALL4 for its rugged (for a MINI) all-wheel drive design. To add some grit, MINI increased the ground clearance, hooked up a snorkel-style roof air intake, added a set of off-road tires and threw a roof rack with off-road lighting on top.

The roof rack holds a spare tire and includes lights for night off-roading

MINI says that the converted car would be at home on gravel roads, desert trails, muddy thoroughfares and even the occasional river crossing. It doesn't exactly pack the haul space of a full-size pickup, but its bed would come in handy for smaller items, such as a toolbox or luggage.

Photo of a 1960's Mini Pick-Up

While the MINI Paceman Adventure may seem completely foreign to those familiar only with recent MINI vehicles, a diminutive, two-door Mini pickup (seen above) did once roam roadways. The model was launched in 1961, back when Mini was part of British Motor Corporation. It was one of several body alternatives offered in Mini's early days, also including a station wagon and a van, and sold close to 60,000 units over its two decades on the market.

MINI is quite clear that the Paceman Adventure isn't the start of a Mini Pick-up revival, saying, "The MINI Paceman Adventure is a true one-off and there are no plans for series production."

If you like the vehicle, you might also want to check out the smart for-us – an electric pickup version of the smart fortwo.

Source: BMW/MINI

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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8 Comments

I think that is really nice. The older one seems to have more room in the back but the newer one has a nicer style. I wonder if they will also have a little cap for the back? perhaps have a 'truck camper' that is small enough to fit the back? There is already a mini-teardrop camper that is made for the Mini Cooper, why not a Mini mini-truck camper? :)

BigGoofyGuy
30th April, 2014 @ 12:51 pm PDT

This is very nice! I like it much better than the Estate style.

Robyn Kiriko Takami
30th April, 2014 @ 01:30 pm PDT

Brilliant!

They did it with the Mini-Moke as well as the 1961 Mini pictured above, so, seriously why not produce this?

If not thought of for production by Mini, license one of the many off-road conversion manufacturers, they would love to, especially with a "limo" stretch to the bed for 'bike room.

Make the pick-up bed cover one of those unfold-to-the-ground tent/camper systems and you're almost perfect!

The Skud
30th April, 2014 @ 07:10 pm PDT

I would love to see them build something like this and treat it as a platofm. The bed is small but there are always bed extenders" http://i.imgur.com/4BE0klK.jpg

One thing I was always impressed with for side by side ATV's is they do a pretty impressive job of treating the thing as a platform, they are like giant expensive lego products where you can buy all kinds of different doors/cabs/beds/winches/plows etc. for them.

Modern day "utility" vehicles are really nothing more than larger cars, there generally isn't much utility involved.

One of the biggest challenges I see is people buy vehicles big enough to buy furniture with or store everything they need on vacation and drive them to work every day carrying just themselves. Touring motorcycles deal with this with trailers: http://i.imgur.com/vMZECXv.jpg

Even a small camper is possible: http://i.imgur.com/yKZg8B7.jpg

The concept isn't new but I think with the right design(s) there is a lot more potential to solve this problem with enclosed trailers than I have seen. There are trailers out there with rail systems (http://i.imgur.com/P9fmog6.jpg) but I think it's possible to take it another step and make the insides reconfigurable so you could use ratchet straps and wheel chucks or things like beds, kitchens, toolboxes etc. for camping or work.

There were a couple projects that advocated using towed trailers for electric vehicle range extenders. if someone builds standard swappable battery packs like we see with propane today trailers are probably the best way to retrofit them into cars without room and plug in hybrids.

Daishi
1st May, 2014 @ 02:04 am PDT

I'm just surprised it took them so long to get there, and it was the apprentices that pushed for it. Got to be a winner! I'd have one.

Grunt
1st May, 2014 @ 03:07 am PDT

A cute looking car. What's the ground clearance?

Aloysius
1st May, 2014 @ 08:18 pm PDT

Having just gone looking for a small pickup (there is nothing out there) this caught my eye. Cute but not quite right for me. If anyone in the industry is reading - 90% of the time it's just me or me and the dog. About 9% of the time I'm hauling something in the bed (can't put manure in an SUV) I live in Colorado but manufacturers don't seem to believe we have roads 1% of the time do I need 4wheel drive and high clearance. Give me a cab plus (for dog) hybrid mileage (with an outlet to use it as a generator) and a bed that can handle 4x8 material and low entrance for an old body (mine) and I'll be yours!

doug5380
2nd May, 2014 @ 05:51 am PDT

@doug5380, amazing here in South Africa small pickup's is one of the favourite types of vehicles, we call them bakkies. Google : Chevrolet Utility or Ford Bantam.

Riaanh
14th May, 2014 @ 04:36 am PDT
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