Mini announced a little surprise during the North American International Auto Show, the same site where the British marque was relaunched by the BMW Group 10 years ago: The Paceman Concept is going into production.
The announcement was made by Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG, sales and marketing, shortly after the Paceman Concept was unveiled in Detroit.
The Paceman Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter John Cooper Works twin-scroll turbo engine under the bonnet. Delivering 211hp and 260Nm of torque, the engine’s output can be pushed up to 280Nm of torque thanks to the Overboost function.
Since the Paceman Concept is based on the Mini Countryman, the car can also be equipped with the MINI ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system.
According to Robertson, the Paceman will be the seventh member of the Mini family after the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman.
Okay, so that’s just four. So what are the fifth and sixth models that are missing on the list? That would be the Coupe, which will go on sale later this year, and the Roadster which is scheduled to hit the market in 2012. Both dates were confirmed by Robertson prior to the Paceman Concept’s unveiling.