As Brit as its name may sound, the 2016 MINI Cooper Paceman is actually manufactured by BMW. That in no way detracts from the road-less-travelled appeal of this 3-door compact hatchback. However, folks who need a some extra space for daily errands might be a little put off by this pint-sized hauler’s cramped cabin and it’s not very impressive 38.1 cu ft. of cargo area if the rear seats are folded. Yet for what it’s worth, the Paceman’s dimensions are significantly larger than those of the ordinary MINI Cooper. The 2016 Paceman lineup is expected to start with the entry-level Base and move up to the turbocharged Paceman S. Both of these trims come with standard FWD. Then comes the AWD S ALL4, followed by the flagship performance-oriented John Cooper Works ALL4 (JCW). That it lacks the value of some of its rivals is the historically consensus among reviewers of this funky Euro-style compact 3-door. Ford’s techno-savvy Focus ST and Volkswagen’s way roomier GTI, just to name a few, pack a lot of practicality onto similarly sized platforms. Nissan’s Juke offers equally intriguing styling and BMW’s ultra-capable X1 features its legendary German prestige for about the same manufacturer’s suggested retail price, as a fully loaded Paceman. Some of the standard appearance features expected to return on this unique and urban-oriented commuter for the upcoming year are: heated power-adjustable mirrors, a rear spoiler, and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels. The S and its S ALL4 sidekick will additionally have upgraded a dynamic traction control with a standard electronic limited-slip differential and exterior trim pieces. Also, they will have standard LED front fog/driving lights. The JCW will have those above and a standard sport-tuned suspension and even more interior and exterior upgrades. Standard tech goodies to be found throughout the lineup should include Bluetooth hands-free calling and a single-CD player with 6 speakers, an auxiliary input and HD Radio. Another attraction of the 2016 Cooper Paceman is its nearly unlimited customization options that include off-beat color combinations, unique graphics, distinctive badges and upgraded exterior and interior materials. As it is usual, several packages offer such extra-cost additions as rear parking sensors, upsized wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a satellite radio, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and leather upholstery. A premium 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system will be available in higher trims. It will come either as a stand-alone option or in a package, as well as the MINI Connected infotainment suite that includes a 6.5-inch display, smartphone apps and GPS navigation.