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by Brett Davis

Mini has unveiled its new premium compact crossover, the Mini Paceman Concept coupe, at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The model is just a concept but plans for a production version are in the pipeline.

Mini plans to expand the range and build upon the success of the new Mini, evident by the number of new Mini models that have hit the showrooms in the past few years. The Mini Paceman will be yet another addition to the fleet. It was designed for the younger generation and will present an entirely new segment to the market: the premium crossover coupe.

Ian Robertson, a member of the board of management of Mini AG, described how keen Mini is on producing a production version during a press conference at the Detroit show,

“Iā€™m thrilled to tell you now, for the very first time, that there will be a seventh member of the Mini family ā€“ and we will base it on this concept.”

Mr Robertson also said about the car,

“This car captures the typical Mini characteristics ā€“ unique design, clever functionality and signature driving fun – with a new level of agility. It combines an athletic, masculine coupe appearance with the dimensions of the Mini Countryman.”

As mentioned, the Mini Paceman is based on the current Mini Countryman and uses the John Cooper Works 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that outputs 157kW of power. It also uses the Mini Countryman’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system.

The new crossover coupe is set to hit the market some time in 2012.




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