At first look, it’s easy to say that the new 2012 MINI Paceman, which will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor show later this month, is just a two-door version of the MINI Countryman, but there’s far more to it than that. The Paceman features two doors and a large tailgate that received the brand’s first nameplate across the back of the Starlight Blue color, unique to this model, with either a white or black roof color. This MINI also comes standard in front-wheel-drive, but buyers have the option to select an all-wheel option in addition to picking whether they want this six-speed to have a manual or automatic transmission. Rounding out the interior is a layout unique to the Paceman, complete with a lounge-style rear seat with armrests.
Outside, the MINI Paceman looks sleeker with its sloping roof line, flared wheel arches, and an integrated rear spoiler, and horizontally arranged rear lights, another first for a MINI vehicle. Power for the new MINI Paceman comes from a range of gas or diesel engines, putting out between 112-184-hp, while the Paceman S, which is supplemented by a turbo, is projected to pump out 177 lb-ft of torque. Sales of the Paceman are slated for early 2013 in both the U.S. and European markets. In the meantime, shots of the latest MINI are after the jump.