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BMW Malaysia has introduced the MINI Paceman in the country – the three-door coupé interpretation of the Countryman arrives in a single variant guise, that of the Cooper S.

The Paceman, which was announced in early 2011, is the seventh model in the MINI family, joining the Hatch, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Coupé and Roadster in the current lineup. It shares the same platform as the Countryman, measuring in at 4,115mm long in the case of the Cooper S Paceman.

The Cooper S Paceman is powered by a 1.6 litre twin-scroll turbo mill offering 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The box on the ALL4 system hasn’t been marked, so the variant we’re getting is two-wheel drive.

The four-seater – which is the only member of the family to be identified by a rear nameplate – features an interior that has been designed specifically for it, with the highlight being an innovative rear seat, styled around a lounge concept and featuring two individual chairs offering generous levels of head, shoulder and knee room as well as outstanding comfort and support.

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No leather interior, unlike that seen in the vehicles during the international media test drive for the car; the seats in the Malaysian cars are clad in patterned fabric. Cargo space is 330 litres, expanding to a maximum 1,080 litres with the rear seats folded. As for wheels, the local Paceman is clad with 19-inch units (wrapped with 225/40 series rubbers), upsized from the standard 16- and 17-inch wheels in Europe.

The ubiquitous MINI interior features some new design cues – fresh deco trim goes on, as are redesigned air vent surrounds and a new placement on the door trim panel for the window toggle switch buttons.

The car exclusively features a full range of MINI Connected features, with Radio MINI Visual Boost and a 6.5-inch LCD display as standard fitment. Functions in MINI Connected include Mission Control, which provides information gained from the vehicle sensors.

There’s also Dynamic Music, which offers the driver a suitable soundtrack (from up to 10 music tracks) in relation to the driving style, raunchier when pushed and more laidback when ambling along, that sort of thing.

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For Malaysia, five exterior paint shades are available, including the new Brilliant Copper and a striking Starlight Blue, previously unseen and unique to the Paceman. The roof and exterior mirror caps can be specified in body colour, black or white – a glass roof package is available as an option.

The MINI Cooper S Paceman is priced at RM288,888 (on-the-road, without insurance), with a MINI Tender Loving Care service package included. The optional electrically-operated glass roof package adds RM7,888 to that.

Read our test drive report on the MINI Paceman, and click here for a view of how the Paceman shapes up against the Countryman.