Thursday, 8 March 2012

MINI Paceman coming to Australia in 2013

The new boss of MINI Australia says the British brand will add a seventh model to its local line-up in 2013 and promises there are plenty more to come in the future.

MINI Australia general manager Kai Bruesewitz confirmed the production version of the MINI Paceman concept will be the next all-new model line to be added to the range. Bruesewitz says the production Paceman – the name will carry over into showrooms – will be “quite similar” to the concept that debuted at the 2011 Detroit motor show.

“The concept was perceived very well at the various shows last year. As long as we can realise that concept into a production-ready model then we will do so.”

The Paceman concept combined the chunky styling and higher ride height of the Countryman SUV with the Coupe’s sloping ‘helmet head’ floating roof. It was powered by the 155kW/260Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged John Cooper Works petrol engine.

Bruesewitz says Paceman production should begin in the first half of 2013, with cars likely to arrive in Australia from midyear. Read More...