It’s what MINI calls ‘the world’s first premium miniature SUV coupe’. At the 2011 Detroit auto show, the MINI Paceman cruised in as a two-door version of MINI’s Countryman crossover. Since then, the Paceman concept car has evolved into the production-ready Countryman Coupe. At the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the Paceman showed up with a name change and the confirmation of sales in 2013.
Projected to have the drivetrain, 6-speed gearbox and 4-cylinder engine of the current 5-door Countryman, the Countryman Coupe will most likely sport the same 208 horsepower as its predecessor. A peppy John Cooper Works version of the Countryman Coupe will also be available, with a 1.6-liter twin-scroll engine turbocharged with 211 horses. The MINI Countryman Coupe sends all of this power to MINI’s exclusive AL4 all-wheel drive system (an option for front-wheel-drive will be available). As with all MINI cars, the electric speed-sensitive steering module will provide excellent handling and agility.
A unique back-end, alternate bumper and redesigned taillights will separate the two-door Countryman Coupe from the previous Paceman concept car design. Differences between the original Countryman and Countryman Coupe are significant. Aside from the 2-door design, the Countryman Coupe is a full inch shorter than the Countryman, creating more of a ‘horizontal’ design.
The cockpit of the Countryman Coupe is expected to have front leather sport seats and upscale materials coating the interior. Details on the technology and options available for the cabin have yet to be announced. Expectations are that the backseat should offer the same generous legroom that the original Countryman had to offer.
The Countryman Coupe will start worldwide sales in early 2013, with 20,000 models expected to come to the market. The Countryman Coupe will be MINI’s 8th production car, coming off the heels of the MINI Coupe and Roadster.
The new MINI Countryman Coupe will be available at MINI of Pittsburgh in 2013. Call us for arrival information, or visit our online inventory for our current selection of new MINI cars.