Mini Paceman

You know, the Mini Countryman is pretty excellent. We weren't sure about how a Mini-badged crossover would be received, but after spending some time behind the wheel, we're pretty impressed with the overall package. That in mind, we wouldn't necessarily frown at the notion of a production version of the two-door Paceman concept from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The folks at CarScoop have stumbled upon what appear to be official patent filings for the Paceman's design. Of course, without receiving any official word from Mini (or parent company BMW), it's still unclear if the Paceman will go into production, though we're betting that the Countryman-based two-door will, in fact, come to market.

As far as design goes, these patent filings still stand true to the design of the original concept car that debuted back in January. Fine by us, as we were pretty smitten with the pint-sized soft-roader when we first laid eyes upon it. If produced, we'd bet that the Paceman will share powertrain options with the Countryman, and that Mini's All4 all-wheel-drive system will be available.

Check out the full slate of patent filings in our high-res image gallery, and compare them to the original Paceman concept in the secondary gallery below.