• Jul 21, 2011
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.


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      Mr. Sunshine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also coming: Mini Rangeman, a production version of the "Mini Beachcomber Concept" (options include Mini Surfman and Mini Safari packages to suit Maui or Jurassic Park) Mini Workman, a supermini pickup truck Mini Kombiman, a compact panel van (options include Mini Outdoorsman, Mini Deliveryman and Mini Serviceman packages) Mini Metroman, a personal luxury car designed by VIctoria Beckham Mini Statesman, a town car / limosiene designed by David Beckham Mini Bountyman, a purpose built secure bullet-proof vehicle for Saudi Princes.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Every time I see the name, I see it as Pac-man.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Same here. I thought I read Mini Pac-man and instantly thought it was some crazy pac-man kart mod, being on this site.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Research is your friend. http://www.motoringfile.com/2011/01/10/the-paceman-is-a-go-for-production/ http://www.worldcarfans.com/111011130402/mini-paceman-concept-approved-for-production http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/motorshows/detroit-motor-show/261874/mini_paceman_gets_green_light.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Mini, Y'know your new corporate roofline? It sucks. Nobody likes driving a toupee on wheels. Your friend, P.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something about these rapidly growing Minis puts me in the mood for jumbo shrimp.
      AnalogJesse
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't tell the difference between any of MIni's cars.
      Timothy Neal Templet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares what it looks like, it will tear up.
      • 3 Years Ago
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