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Mini Paceman Will Hit Dealerships Next Year

Mini confirmed this week that the Mini Paceman, which was first seen at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show as a concept, will retain the Paceman model name and will be produced next year. Mini says in a statement that the production version of the Paceman will be officially unveiled in the next few months and will go on sale in 2013.

While official details, pricing information and specs have yet to be released, Mini says the Paceman is a three-door crossover coupe that is based on the five-door Countryman’s platform. Mini announced last year that the Paceman is slated to get a 1.6-liter turbocharged John Cooper Works twin-scroll engine and ALL4, Mini’s all-wheel drive system, but has not confirmed the Paceman’s engine lineup yet.

Car and Driver predicts the Paceman will offer more than one engine when it goes on sale. “Aside from its door arrangement, and now the badge, we expect the Paceman to pretty much mirror the Countryman, including its choice of three engines,” Car and Driver reports. The publication says the production model will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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