MINI’s track record of producing near production-ready concept vehicles is set to pay dividends again with the MINI Paceman Concept. The concept car, which made its world debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, will be used as the basis for the seventh production model in MINI’s lineup. Described by MINI as the first crossover coupe in the premium small car segment, the Paceman Concept is based on the same platform as the MINI Countryman but with the styling of a coupe.
The announcement was made at a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show by Ian Robertson, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at MINI. The vehicle based on the Paceman Concept will join the current MINI Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman, along with the MINI Coupe that is to be launched later this year and the MINI Roadster that will hit the road in 2012.
All that’s been revealed for the production version of the Paceman Concept so far is that it will include ALL4, MINI’s all-wheel-drive system, and will be powered by the 1.6-liter John Cooper Works twin-scroll turbo engine. This engine develops 211 hp and generates maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft), although an Overboost function can increase this to 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) for brief bursts.
MINI will announce further details, including the actual name of the production vehicle, closer to the expected 2013 launch date.