Worldwide MINI Brand Manager Dr. Kay Segler has confirmed to us that they intend to keep the name “Paceman” for the forthcoming Countryman based crossover coupe. While the concept was of course originally called the Paceman, we had heard from within MINI that the name would likely be changing.
Countryman Coupe and Countryman GT were floated but MINI wanted the model to be further differentiated from the Countryman and be able to stand on its own with a unique identity. So Paceman it is.
The Paceman will have a digital preview in the coming months with production starting this fall. Sales should commence by the end of the year in some markets with the US likely seeing the car on dealer showrooms in early 2013.