It's pretty obvious that automakers' definition of the word 'coupe' these days is a far cry from the traditional meaning. (We do live in the world of the "four-door coupe," after all.) That said, Car and Driver reports that Mini will call the company's two-door Paceman Concept the Countryman Coupe once it hits production.

While it's true that both the Paceman Concept and most coupes have two doors, the vehicle is more of a CUV/hatchback/crossover, at least to our eyes. Even so, the fact that the vehicle will reportedly share the Countryman moniker is no shock. Both vehicles wear the same nose front fascia, grille, headlights, fenders and hood. Even so, based on the automaker's current naming convention, that means we'll have to get used to saying something like "Mini Cooper S Countryman Coupe." Because that won't get confusing or anything.

Last we heard, the three-door Countryman will go on sale in 2013 as a 2014 model, and rumor has it that the production model will debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year. A few patent drawings have already made their way to the web, indicating the final version will be remarkably similar to the concept we've already seen.


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      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Coupe would still have its meaning if automotive journalists and bloggers didn't go along with the bastardization of our most basic automotive terminology.
        slap
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        Just be glad someone didn't call it a "Shooting Brake".
      moredanyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      The brand name is not Mini Cooper! It's Mini!
        slap
        • 2 Years Ago
        @moredanyou
        The brand name is MINI, not Mini.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      ok.. so is it just me or does this resemble the upcoming 500L sans rear doors??
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      With friends like Autoblog, Mini doesn't need an advertising budget.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Helloooo AB: Abarth Configurator is live: http://www.fiatusa.com/en/lineup/index.html?app=bmo
        Bret Frohwein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        it needs some work.. the accessories don't show up on the car you're configuring as you choose them. :(
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was getting a little worried. It's been more that a week since the last Mini articale.
      volkswagenmember
      • 2 Years Ago
      isnt this like the 5th new mini this year?? do they really expect to sell that many of essentially the same car? i just dont see how the market needs this much diversity in a brand that was basically founded on one model..
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @volkswagenmember
        It wasn't founded on one model... Wolseley Hornet and Riley Elf (1961–1969) Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman (1961–1969) Mini Van (1960–1982) Mini Moke (1964–1989) Mini Pick-up (1961–1982) Morris Mini K (March 1969 – August 1971, Australia only) Mini Clubman and 1275GT: 1969–1980 They're also having their greatest 2011 and 2012 ever... with double digit growth... so yes, I think they do expect to sell.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unfortunately this is the answer to the question people (mostly Americans and the third world) did ask: the same outdated rounded chromed-out styling with a bigger form-factor. And to call it a 2014 model... Forget "organic" mid-ninetees (Taurusish) ovals. When they are going to get the memo about chrome? There are cool and perky estrogen-fueled designs like Fiesta: a Jessica Biel of cars. This one looks more like Meryl Streep: a great performer. Just old.
      Ace Convoy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually liked the Paceman nameplate.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should call it Oxymoron^2
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