Mini is flexing its muscle at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) where it is bound to unveil a new concept vehicle: the Mini Paceman.
Mini said the Paceman Concept is the "first Sports Activity Coupe" in the automotive market's premium small segment.
"Although no decision has been made about a future production version, Paceman could yet form another building block in the development of the Mini brand," the company said in a statement.
The Paceman is being pitched as an "urban and masculine" vehicle with its large headlights, contoured hood, dark wheel arch and matching sideskirts, and helmet roof.
"In contrast to the more vertical design of the Mini Countryman, we've given the Mini Paceman Concept a horizontal emphasis and accentuated the width of the car rather more to underline the powerful appearance of the study," Mini head for exterior design Marcus Syring said.
The Paceman Concept measures 4,110mm long, 1,789mm wide and 1,541mm tall, and as with the Mini tradition, it comes with an "extremely short front and rear overhangs to facilitate the familiar go kart driving responses."
The concept car is powered by the 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine found in the Mini John Cooper Works. The 16-valve four-cylinder unit delivers 211hp and 260Nm of torque. The Paceman's Overboost function, however, has the ability to push the vehicle's torque to 280Nm.
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