Countryman Coupe out, Paceman in
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).
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.