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MINI confirms Paceman heading to production

Brand's 7th model will be built beginning in 2013.

By Joshua Condon Jul 8, 2012 5:17AM
The Mini Paceman concept. Photo by Mini.MINI has confirmed that its seventh model, currently known as the Paceman concept, will go into production in 2013.

Marking the beginning of the brand's sixth annual, 3,900-mile cross-country MINI Takes the States rally, MINI chief Kay Segler announced the news in front of fans yesterday, saying: "The MINI Paceman is the official name of the brand’s seventh model, which will be launched next year in the U.S.,” and adding that the crowd was "the first to hear this, even before the press.”

The Paceman is essentially a sleeker, 3-door coupe version of the Countryman toy SUV. Given the model's progenitor, one could reasonably expect to see the same 1.6-liter inline 4-banger with 121 horsepower -- bumped up to 181 horsepower with a turbo -- under the hood. As with the Countryman, one could also expect to see a John Cooper Works edition follow the base model's rollout.

According to The Detroit Bureau, the production version of the Paceman is expected to bow at the Paris Motor Show in September.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau.]

Jul 8, 2012 3:44PM
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Jul 8, 2012 4:39PM
I own a Mini Cooper and it gets 38 miles to the gallon in the city.  I also own a Doge Ram 4*4.  American cars need to get that kind of gas economy.  And trust me my little Mini is fast.  Not too mention Mini Takes The States is a marketing genius idea.  We are leaving in a few days to join in the fun!  Too bad American car makers don't do this for their buyers.
Jul 9, 2012 5:53PM
Aug 31, 2012 6:19PM
Decent looking car.  I like it.  Too bad mini's are overpriced for what you get.
Jul 20, 2012 11:43AM
Why do they still call the fat American version a 'Mini'? They should call then Fati.
Sep 21, 2012 6:52AM
It still looks like it has been hit with an Ugly Stick
Jul 8, 2012 5:09PM
bill power - stbeing a damn fool spouting yoiur nonsense - this is a Mini Cooper posting 
Sep 26, 2012 4:29PM
looks  like  the  Hyundai  velostar
Nov 15, 2012 11:21AM
needs an allison transmission, a cummins turbo diesel, and a ford super duty solid front and rear axle slapped underneath it and then i would buy it.
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