Mini to change the Paceman name to "Countryman Coupe"
Mini first unveiled the Paceman concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and confirmed that they would bring the car to production in 2013. As reported by Car and Driver, the Paceman concept name was expected to change before it was officially introduced.
And now we have heard that the production version of last year’s Paceman concept will get a name change to Countryman Coupe. The little coupe is labeled as a crossover that will have two doors and a more masculine stance.
When Mini unveiled the Paceman in Detroit, the concept was powered by the automaker’s hottest engine. It’s the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the John Cooper Works models that pumps out 211 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The Paceman will also likely get the Countryman's six-speed manual transmission. That should give it outstanding performance and make the coupe a fun little car to drive.
The chassis of the Paceman Concept was specifically designed to handle the extra potent engine and it will be interesting to see how it handles under spirited driving conditions. Customers have come to expect responsive handling and agility from a Mini, and the Countryman Coupe should deliver.