MINI is expanding its range of four-wheel-drive cars with the introduction of an ALL4 version of the MINI Paceman this Spring. The ALL4 system is said to inject fresh appeal into the Paceman’s go-kart like handling by making it more capable and versatile.
The ALL4 system will be available for the diesel engines in the MINI Cooper SD Paceman (105 kW/143 hp) and MINI Cooper D Paceman (82 kW/112 hp), as well as the petrol unit in the MINI Cooper S Paceman (135 kW/184 hp), and later on MINI John Cooper Works Paceman (160 kW/218 h). Standard transmission is a six-speed manual, with an automatic available as an option.
MINI’s ALL4 is a clever system with an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles. In normal driving situations the power is distributed 50/50, but when the going gets tricky, it will adjust the delivery and sends more power to the wheels with the most traction.
ALL4 works in tandem with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). When the stability system is deactivated (in DSC Off mode) an electronic locking function for the front axle differential comes into play. In tight corners it brakes a spinning wheel as required to enhance handling. Known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), this system enhances the car’s traction without adversely affecting its steering properties.
Pricing is yet to be announced for the MINI Paceman ALL4.