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Mini Paceman Concept Approved for Production

Posted: Jan 13, 2011 10:21 a.m.

Minis are popular for being compact and speedy, and in the not-so-distant future, Mini will add a crossover coupe to its lineup.

“The Mini Paceman concept shown at the 2011 Detroit auto show is headed for production, according to Mini USA V-P Jim McDowell,” reports Car and Driver. “The crossover coupe—either a Mini Cooper hardtop on stilts or a two-door Countryman, depending on your point of view—will bring the company’s body-style count to seven, as it joins the original hatch, the four-seat convertible, the longer Clubman, the Countryman crossover, and the upcoming two-seat coupe and roadster.”

So far, the there’s only a little information available on the Paceman. “The production model will include an available all-wheel-drive system and the 1.6-liter turbocharged power plant currently found in Mini's John Cooper Works editions,” Kicking Tires says.

The New York Times likes the way the Paceman looks, but wonders if the new design will hold true to the traditional Mini. “Sure, this crouched, muscular Mini looks great,” they write. “But as with the Countryman and the Clubman before it, how far can you stray from the original Mini design before it’s no longer a Mini?”

If you’re interested in the Mini Paceman, you’ll have to wait a while. It won’t be for sale until 2013.

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