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Report: MINI Paceman Confirmed for 2013 Debut

The MINI Paceman has supposedly been confirmed for 2013, according to reports coming from the U.S.

The Paceman concept has reportedly moved closer to a market debut this week with reports from the US suggesting that production has gotten the green light. The report stems after comments from BMW AG board member Ian Robertson earlier this year. He confirmed the development of a seventh model in the MINI range. Essentially, the Paceman concept is a three-door version of the Countryman that features a number of styling tweaks including a unique C-pillar and restyled taillights.

It remains to be seen if the same features will carry over to the production model. Reports in recent months have indicate to an evolution of the Paceman's look with bulging guards, a sloping beltline, wraparound glasshouse and lighting. Under the hood, power is generated from the same 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine seen in the JCW models that produces an output of 208hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Much like the Range Rover Evoque, the MINI Paceman concept appears almost production-ready in its current state, which suggests that it could be making an appearance sometime in the near future.

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