There are certain vehicles that just naturally invite creativity and customization. Among modern-day offerings, you could count any of Mini's models among that group, with their cheeky, retro-hip styling inviting personalization. While Mini certainly offers plenty of customization options at the factory or dealer level, a group of student apprentices with BMW's design team in Munich decided to take their idea of personalization to the next level with the Mini Paceman Adventure concept.
Starting with a Mini Paceman, essentially a two-door variation of the popular Countryman, the students hacked off the rear portion of the roof, glass, and hatch to create a short cargo box -- and build what might be one of the world's smallest street-legal pickups. The bed appears to be lined with black diamond-plate material and looks to be approximately 2.5 to 3 feet long. So it probably wouldn't be the first choice for hauling that stack of 4x8-foot plywood to the job site.
To further emphasize the rugged look of the Adventure Mini truck concept, a full-size spare is mounted on a metal roof rack, and an A-pillar–mounted roof snorkel feeds air to the 1.6L turbocharged engine. Also mounted to the roof rack are four off-road driving lights.
The Paceman Adventure concept might not be our first choice for Moab or the Rubicon trail, but it's undeniably cool and shows the creative spirit is alive and well at the Mini brand and BMW. If you want a Paceman Adventure of your own, be prepared to take a Sawzall and plasma-cutter to a Paceman, because there are no official plans to put it in production.