The Paceman will join the ever growing American Mini family next year, company officials confirmed Wednesday as they kicked off the first day of this year's Mini Takes the States cross-country rally.

"You are the first to hear this, even before the press" Dr. Kay Segler, senior vice president of Mini brand management told the crowd of 1,000 Mini fans ready to start their engines at the rally. "The Mini Paceman is the official name of the brand's seventh model, which will be launched next year in the U.S."

The Paceman is basically a coupe version of the Mini Countryman, though no specifics were provided on Wednesday. It was shown last year as a concept vehicle in fully loaded John Cooper Works trim at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Mini officials promised to reveal the vehicle sometime this year, so it's easy to speculate that it will be be on the floor at the Paris Motor Show this September. Car and Driver did just that a few weeks ago, though it said the car would be named the Countryman Coupe.


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      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just want to see the girl get out of it.
      bobmarley
      • 2 Years Ago
      great use of that dress. And that Paceman looks better then the countryman...not saying much though. bleh
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. I think I prefer the regular Mini.
      Douglas
      • 2 Years Ago
      hide an ugly car behind a beautiful woman and they wont notice just how ugly the car is = classic auto show sales techique
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      So does that make it a MINI Cooper Countryman Coupe? Will there be a MINI Cooper Countryman John Cooper Works Coupe?
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ
        Maybe there'll be a MINI Cooper Countryman John Cooper Works Coupe with interior by Marc By Marc Jacobs For Marc Jacobs In Collaboration With Jacobs By Marc Jacobs...edition.
      Lou
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many is too many mini? This looks good though, and touche to Mini for releasing a car to owners and enthusiasts first. In the age of the internet, the Press will find out eventually, but engendering some sort of brand connection is much harder.
      Alexi
      • 2 Years Ago
      And Mini Successfully shrinks the new Range Rover Coupe! Ta-Da!... stupid mini...
      aerofanbig
      • 2 Years Ago
      As the owner of former and current AWD turbo cars, I love this! There hasn't been a good AWD turbo coupe in the USA for a loooong time. Love my EVO but I really want something smaller but retain the AWD/T setup. I think I'll be keeping this one in mind. If you don't like it no one really cares lol if they cared, you'd be working for a design or research firm, not trolling the net. ALL mini's sell, period. The more models they make, the broader audience they can receive, the broader the audience, the more cars they sell. That IS their business you know, to sell cars. Give me a totally blacked out JCW's version!
      EG
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow look at those legs
      tylermars.design
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you were looking at the car in those pics, I have bad news.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a current Mini owner, I have mixed feelings about the way Mini is going. First off, the usual "minis aren't mini anymore wah wah wah!!!!!" people are completely wrong.The current Mini is still small. It has the approximate dimensions of a Yaris 3 door and weighs around 2600 pounds. What really pisses me off is the people who say that since the Countryman is bigger than the regular Mini, it isn't a real Mini. As the owner of a Countryman All4 (with a manual transmission :P) my car is pretty small. It's slightly smaller than a VW Golf and a little bit bigger than a Honda Fit. The car however makes good use of its space and I can haul around two kids with some stuff in the trunk with no problem. Then again, I don't like how BMW is going overboard with the Mini brand. As some people before me have said, how many Minis are too many Minis? The Coupe and the Roadster are completely pointless. I think BMW needs to start work on refreshing the Mini lineup a little bit The next Mini hatchback should lose weight, but be a LOT bigger in the inside (they alreay did that with the 3 series, they can do it with this car.). The current Mini hatch is cramped. If possible, they should add a 5 door version They also need to upgrade the 1.6 to around 130 hp. The Cooper S is fine as it is. The Countryman is also fine as it is, although they need to get rid of the anemic 1.6 NA and make the 1.6 turbo STANDARD, especially sice the Juke has a similar engine standard (they can hike up the price to $24k for all I care.). The S/All4 can have a detuned 2.0 turbo with 220 hp, for $28k and the JCW can have a higher strung version of the S's engine with 270 hp, for $35k For all I care, they can make the Paceman(but as the Countryman 2 door), seeing that the VW Golf has a 3 door option. That's it. Cooper 3 and 5 door, convertible (if you must), Coutnryman 3 and 5 door. No Roadster or Cluban or Coupe or anything.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I'd be more worried about what they're gonna do when the public becomes cold to the retro styling.
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's a car in those pictures?
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