Our exclusive spy video shows two separate prototypes for the Paceman, the regular model finished in silver and the sportier Paceman S in chocolate brown. Given the popularity of the recent Countryman John Cooper Works, we suspect the Paceman will also get the JCW treatment further down the track.
The regular Paceman will come with standard front-wheel drive and available ALL4 all-wheel drive for added traction. Its powerplant will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at around 120 horsepower.
The Paceman S will get a turbocharged version of the same 1.6-liter mill found in the regular model, with output hovering around 181 horsepower. And if a Paceman JCW model is built, expect it to feature yet another iteration of the 1.6-liter engine, this time with a stout 211 horsepower on tap. Customers will be able to choose from either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic on all models.
Looking almost identical to the Paceman concept unveiled last year, the prototypes seen in this video wear a very familiar face and share the same three-door body and 2+2 seating configuration. The interior of the Paceman is also expected to share its key design and detail traits with the five-door Countryman.
Production of the 2013 MINI Paceman will take place at the same assembly line in Graz, Austria, where the rest of the Countryman range is built. Look out for the first examples in showrooms early in the new year.