The MINI Paceman is coming and it’s going to hit dealer lots late next year. That is according to our sources we have also spilled some details on the model mix and AWD offerings for the car.
Production is intended to start November 2011 and run the normal seven years ending in late 2018. However what’s interesting is that MINI is planning on launching the car Cooper All4 trim to go along with the standard model mix. That would give the Paceman the following line-up
•Cooper D All4
•Cooper S All4
•Cooper SD All4
In addition to this we also expect MINI to release a full factory JCW Paceman with the revamped variable valve timed N18 JCW engine with up to 220 hp.
Then there are the rumors of a MINI hybrid which we believe will manifest itself in the Countryman and Paceman models sometime after 2012.
The Paceman’s styling will also be revamped from last year’s concept vehicle. However the rumors revised headlights strike us as odd given the costs that go into the tooling of such a change (especially considering the cost of borrowing the Countryman’s is zero). However the rumor is that the Paceman will lose the Countryman derived headlights and in their place headlights that are pushed further in-ward similar to the Rocketman concept that previews the 3rd generation MINI.
Perhaps the biggest change to the concept will be the addition of two rear-hinged club-doors that make the R61 a true five door similar to the Countryman. Inside space will be almost identical to the Countryman with the exception of the rear cargo area height.
Finally look for a name change to the Paceman in time for it’s official unvieling and a loosely disguised concept in Detroit.
Posted from Motoring File