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2013 Mini Cooper Paceman: First Look

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  • Competes with: Nissan Juke, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Looks Like: A flattened, more aggressive version of the Countryman
  • Drivetrain: Base versions use a 122-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and S versions use the same engine, tuned to make 184 hp. Europe’s two diesel versions include a 112-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter and 143-hp 2.0-liter
  • Hits dealerships: March 16 in the U.K. No word yet on when it will hit the U.S.

We first saw the oddly named, stocky, little Paceman in concept guise at the 2011 Detroit auto show. It looks like the production version is on its way. The Paceman, essentially a two-door version of the Mini Cooper Countryman, will go on sale first in Europe next spring.

The seventh member of Mini’s expanding family, the Paceman is the same length as the Countryman, but it has only two doors and seats only four passengers. It’s also more squat-looking, with a lowered suspension, sloping roofline, long doors and an integrated spoiler.

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A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A six-speed automatic is optional, as is all-wheel drive. Standard on all is an auto stop/start system. Optional is a sport button that alters engine response and steering settings. Mini said a John Cooper Works version of the Paceman is in development.

Inside, the two rear seats are arranged in what Mini calls the “lounge concept.” There are two separate chairs with built-in armrests; standard sport seats are in the front.

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The Paceman will go on sale in the U.K. on March 16, starting at 18,970 pounds. That’s $30,775 in U.S. currency, a lot more than the 2012 Countryman, which starts at $22,450 including destination. 

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