Mini previews Paceman with new 'spy shots'

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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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