We were led astray and we were wrong. Back in the glory days of early 2012 we proudly proclaimed that the MINI Paceman would include two club doors a la the Clubman. Sources on both sides of the Atlantc told us that MINI was testing the Paceman with two rear-hinged doors that would likely make production. However something changed. Whether it was proposed cost, or simple complexity or increase weight, we won’t be getting them. Instead we can now officially confirm that the Paceman will be a two door plus a normal hatch. This via the head of MINI Product development in the US, Patrick McKenna while at MINI Takes the States.
What else do we know? Read on…
Look for the Paceman to make a digital launch followed by a public debut in Paris this September. Production should commence in Austria this September with deliveries in the US likely around the end of the year.
The R61 will be offered with the full gamut of Countryman colors, each will have a unique color that will be featured on launch cars seen in the press and on dealer lots.
The Cooper will be offered with Copper metallic – a deep orange. The Cooper S will be available with the exclusive Starlight blue metallic which is similar to Laser Blue. Launch cars will come exclusively with those two colors and a set interior color combination for both. However unlike the Countryman launch cars, dealers will be able to modify other options available on the cars.
A GP Paceman?
It’s years away but a couple of sources have told us that MINI is considering spreading the GP line-up to the Paceman in the coming years. On the Countryman it’s a little questionable. But on the lighter and lower Paceman, it makes sense as the ultimate all-wheel drive fast MINI.