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Countryman Coupe out, Paceman in

2012-07-11 12:04

A SPORTIER COUNTRYMAN IN THE WORKS: Whether you’re a fan of Mini’s crossover or not, the new Paceman should make a nice addition to automaker’s line-up.

Earlier in 2012 we reported that Mini’s Paceman concept car spotted in testing was set to become the new Countryman Coupe.

Contrary to previous reports, the name of the two-door Mini Countryman, first previewed as a concept at the 2011 Detroit auto show, will keep its original Paceman title when it goes on sale early in 2013.

Mini boss Kay Segler said: “We will continue to expand the Mini family. The Paceman is the world’s first sports activity coupe in the premium compact segment.”


The three-door version of the automaker's high-riding Countryman looks set to wear the Paceman badge when it is launched in 2013.

Revealed as the Paceman concept in late 2010, the three-door compact SUV is virtually identical to the Countryman at the front. Due to its chopped roofline the Paceman is shorter, measuring just 1.54m tall compared to the Countryman (1.56m).

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Unfortunately there is still no confirmation on what will power the new Paceman though at its concept debut it was powered by a John Cooper Works 1.6 twin-turbocharged engine capable of 157kW. 

The new model could be powered by the same 1.6-litre engines as the conventional Countryman, including the 82kW/270Nm diesel and the turbocharged 135kW/240Nm petrol for the Cooper S variants.

Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system will also be available.

Expect the new model to make its global debut at the 2012 Paris auto show in September.


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