This summer all the talk in the MINI camp was about the 2011 MINI Countryman—especially at MINI TAKES THE STATES 2010. Now as the holiday season comes into full swing we turn our eyes towards 2011 and the Detroit Auto Show on January 10th. MINI, not to be caught without something interesting for the auto enthusiasts, has released information on a new concept car called the Paceman.

2011 MINI Paceman concept

2011 MINI Paceman concept

2011 MINI Paceman concept

2011 MINI Paceman concept

Of course there is the standard question of when and where the Paceman might come into play for the MINI brand. Likewise, the answer is that the project hasn’t been green-lighted for production, but if it were it could be built along side the Countryman and BMW X1 at the Graz, Austria plant. Getting back to the car, the Paceman is described as a design study on a “crossover coupe.” You know the old mullet saying, “Business in the front and party in the back,” well the Paceman is all Countryman in the front and a customizer’s style coupe out back. The posted dimensions by MINI are 161.8 inches in overall length, 10.4 inches wide and 60.7 inches wide.

The interior details haven’t been released as of yet, but you can expect it to be well designed and reminiscent of the all-new Countryman. The Paceman concept is said to have a center-rail consol like the Countryman and newly designed door panels and trim panels that use a ovals to give an impression of greater space. Our guess is that the Paceman would be a four passenger car, but it seems like the rear rake would make headroom a challenge for tall passengers.

That said, with a sloping roof line, 19-inch wheels, 211 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged John Cooper Works derived engine and standard MINI personality we can’t wait to see this car at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. 

 

 

[Source: MotorAuthority.com]