Following a formal unveiling at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, MINI announced that its new concept car, the MINI Paceman, is presently ready for production with a projected 2013 launch date.
The Paceman, which MINI describes as the first “premium miniature SUV coupe” is modeled essentially as a 2-door version of the MINI Countryman (currently in production). The Paceman’s drastic new styling is quite distinguishable, featuring a sloping roofline that appears suspended on top of the windows. MINI calls the unique design a “helmet roof.” Regardless of name, we can’t help but notice the similarities between the Paceman and another, less “miniature” SUV crossover.
Like the Countryman, the Paceman sits higher off of the road than traditional MINI vehicles, and will use the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. It is not yet clear which engine options will be available to the Paceman, though the model showcased in Detroit featured the 1.6 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder currently found in the John Cooper Works (rated at 208 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque).
While the design may signify a departure from traditional MINI styling, the driving experience will undoubtedly carry the same MINI pedigree.
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