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Mini Paceman Gets Green Light for Production

The three-door Mini Paceman crossover coupe has been confirmed for production. The Mini Paceman concept was introduced at the Detroit auto show earlier this year.

Mini describes the Paceman as a crossover SUV with a coupe body style, similar in size to the Mini Countryman. “It is the strong muscular MINI with sporty elegance,” said Ian Robertson, board member for sales and marketing, in a press release.

The Paceman is not the first crossover coupe though. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which hits dealerships this fall, is available in a coupe body style and more traditional four-door SUV body style.

The Mini Paceman is slated to get a 1.6-liter turbocharged John Cooper Works twin-scroll engine and ALL4, Mini’s all-wheel drive system. Road and Track says the engine produces 211 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

Car and Driver, who reports that Mini Chief Kay Segler has confirmed the news of the Paceman’s production, says the Paceman may get a different name when it goes on sale, and will most likely be a 2013 or 2014 model. “It will look almost exactly like the concept,” Car and Driver says.

Mini hasn’t released official specs or pricing yet for the Paceman, but the Mini Countryman it’s based on starts at $22,350.

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