Sep 14th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
Mini has officially announced that it will build the Paceman two-door SUV, and will go back to the Paceman name from the Countryman Coupe name the company reportedly flirted with in March. Originally thought by many to be just a design exercise, since it s two-door body does away with a lot of the functionality people ostensibly buy SUVs for and the Countryman sits in essentially the same market, the Paceman has become a reality. Mini hasn’t set a date when the Paceman will be available, but will have more details available during the Paris Motor Show, but don’t expect it to take long considering that it’s based on the Countryman SUV which is already on sale.
The Mini Paceman will be powered by Mini’s familiar engine options, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 121-hp will be standard, with a 181-hp turbocharged four-cylinder optional. Front wheel drive will be standard with all-wheel drive optional. The Paceman coupe will be one of the only (along with the Countryman of course) stick shift SUVs available.
The Paceman will be a great lower priced alternative to the Range Rover Evoque for buyers looking for a stylish coupe without sacrificing the high driving position of an SUV. Plus the roof line that drops as it goes back almost makes the Paceman look like a Prerunner, which is cool.
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