• Jul 31, 2012
Look at this: Mini has posted official 'spy shots' of the 2013 Paceman to its Facebook page. Cheeky Germans.

As we know, the Paceman is coming early next year as a late-to-market 2013 model. Despite reports that Mini would be dropping the catchy name that christened its original concept in favor of the more literal Countryman Coupe moniker, none other than Dr. Kay Segler, senior vice president of Mini brand management has gone on record saying that the Paceman name is for real.

Also for real is the rest of the Paceman concept's design, starting with the rear-slanting roofline, which strikes us as a better-executed take on the Mini Cooper Coupe design. In fact, to our eyes, the entire back half of the Paceman looks better proportioned and more Mini-like than the awkwardly large Countryman.

Be sure to check out all the high-res images of the mildly disguised Paceman in our gallery.


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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since its no longer very mini, shouldn't it be called a Maxi?
      AlexMcyDee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another Mini varient. How many Minis are sold a year anyway? What do they do, release one variant per car sold? This is about as news worthy as another Mustang variant.
      Spies1
      • 2 Years Ago
      And here I thought MINI could not make something uglier than the countryman. Proved me wrong.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      What exactly is the point of this car?
        drewpy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Who cares if people buy it.
        CJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        I agree... there's no point to it. Plus the name is ridiculous.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Eh, I just can't get behind these new Minis. There's too many slight variations of the same basic shape and format, and it just doesn't work. They end up looking contrived, and has-been. They need to build the Rocketman Concept.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...And regardless of the fact that this will be Mini's 7th model, it too will undoubtedly say "Cooper" on the back. Complaints about branding aside, I'm sure the Paceman will be good because the Countryman is good.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        I don't mind the proliferation of Minis, but come on, can't we keep Cooper to just the "classic" hardtop model? (Classic in the sense of new-Mini, I mean)
        CJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        I don't get the keeping of the name Cooper on the back. I can see people being very confused going into the dealer.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I totally dig, but will never own one by the mere fact that it's about 30% more pricey than its worth...
      matthewmk2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, :( I clicked on the link on Twitter I thought it said Mini "Pacman," not "Paceman." Imagine a Pacman themed Mini? That would be awesome!
        Jim C.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @matthewmk2
        http://craziestgadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/pac-man-mini-cooper-499x387.jpg Like that?
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agree with most comments. Don't necessarily get the point. Wish they just offered a four door version of the regular MINI - keep it small but add two doors.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      so they took a regular Mini and squished the read end a little bit and gave it a new name?
      docfink
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the slanting roof design is in top gear (see Land Rover). I agree that the Paceman might be more MINI-like and "better proportioned" than the Countryman, but getting into the back of the Paceman will be a helluva lot more difficult and annoying than getting into the Countryman. It's hard to find a better looking sedan than couple but the sedan is more practical (even the Audi A7 doesn't have the most headroom). The Paceman will have its place, but why not just a MINI Cooper S? While this will be roomier and have the option of AWD, it won't handle as well.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the silhouette of the Juke. I like it though.
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