It’s almost certain the production ready MINI Paceman will debut at Paris in September now MINI has released a set of lightly camouflaged photos.
The MINI Paceman – which started as the Paceman, became the Countryman Coupe and is now back to being the Paceman – looks set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
As is MINI’s wont, they’re starting to ramp up a bit of PR for the 2-door Countryman Coupe by letting loose a few photos and letting a handful of ‘safe’ car journalist loose on a quick test.
The front of the Paceman has had a minor titivate, but it’s the back end as the coupe roofline flows down that’s the big change over the Countryman, and that’s the money shot MINI are still hiding behind trademark yellow and black camouflage.
But what we can see is a more raked back end and bigger rear arches; an altogether more coupe look car than the Countryman and all the better to take the fight to the Evoque in the style statement compact SUV Coupe sector (which is, admittedly, not exactly huge).
As the MINI Paceman is a ‘Style’ option and not meant toi appeal to the cheapskate buyer, it looks like you’ll only be able to have it as a Cooper on up – so, Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper SD with maybe (almost certainly) a Paceman JCW arriving at some point.
Despite losing a chunk of sheet metal and a pair of doors it looks like you’ll have to pay at least £1k more for the Paceman than the equivalent Countryman.
Style doesn’t come cheap.