Car and Driver is reporting that the Mini Paceman has been given the go-ahead for production. The news comes courtesy of company chief Kay Segler, who said that the high-riding three-door is headed to the States.

The Paceman is based off of the tall Countryman CUV, which means that buyers will probably be able to snap up the vehicle in all-wheel drive if they feel so inclined. Even so, it will be a while before the Paceman makes it to dealers. Car and Driver says it will likely land in 2013 as a 2014 model.

What can we expect in terms of styling? If Mini patent drawings are any indication, the wee beastie will stick as close as possible to the Paceman Concept, though the name may change before the production car lands. We think the long roof line and upright nose on the Paceman is plenty becoming, though we have to wonder how many consumers are looking at the Countryman and thinking, "Just like that, but can you make it less functional?"


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally, as long as they build nothing larger than the Countryman, I don't mind if they keep expanding the model line-up.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want this! 2-door SUV with a stick, hell yes!
      aytoncontext
      • 3 Years Ago
      with barn door rear please!
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to drive this...................on Forza.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      still waiting to hear about the missing lifestyle pickup and sedan.
      Dayv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on BMW -- less bigger Mini, more smaller Mini, please. I want to see some news on the Rocketman.
      midlvl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really? This is old news about 8 months old..
        midlvl
        • 3 Years Ago
        @midlvl
        http://www.motoringfile.com/2011/01/26/the-paceman-to-arrive-in-late-2012/
      David H
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always loved the BMW era Mini style, but didn't like the small, go-kart size. A larger SUV (albeit still small) would really capture my attention. Sorry... I guess I'm just not a Mini purist.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh, why?
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