Report: MINI Paceman will be built by Magna Steyr

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 26, 2011

Magna Steyr will build the new MINI Paceman, the coupe version of the well-known MINI Countryman, at least according to German newspaper Kleine Zeitung. Magna Steyr builds the MINI Countryman in Graz and it appears that it has won the contract to build the two-door "sports activity coupe,", said BMW development head Klaus Draeger quoted by Kleine Zeitung newspaper. "Yes, we will have the Paceman built in Graz too," he told the paper.

"As the auto is technically based on the Countryman it makes sense to go to Graz for this as well." According to the same sources, the new MINI Paceman production will start by the end of 2012, which means that the sales will start in early 2013.

As you remember, Bmw officially confirmed the production of the Paceman Concept earlier this month at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Although we don’t have any details regarding the production version of the Paceman Concept, we do expect to see the same engine seen on the prototype: a MINI John Cooper Works 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine delivering 155 kW/211 hp and a maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft).

While the front part of the MINI Paceman Concept looks like that of its other MINI siblings, it has a distinct feature added to it. Its large headlights that have chrome surrounds expand up to the front wings.

These plus its contoured bonnet give emphasis to its prominent nose. The Paceman and Cooper S Countryman have basically the same radiator grille. They’re quite similar except for the extra air intakes in the bumper that improves brake ventilation and allows for the use of deep set fog lights.

The MINI Paceman Concept presents another version of the front wing as well as a side indicator that easily catches attention. The vehicle is truly eye-catching, starting from the A-pillars to the uniquely designed 19” front wheels.

This rugged and robust design matches the dark wheel arch surrounds, which have corresponding side skirts that accentuate the Paceman’s manly sporting character. The trademark MINI shoulder line, which rises as it extends to the Paceman’s rear, also emphasizes its sporting purpose.

However, the roof treatment and glass are not as familiar. When the waistline goes up, the flat roofline runs into a wide C-pillar, which seems to be transparent. The windows look as if they are wrapping up the car just like a band of glass that has an attractive, contrasting color of roof hanging on top.

This is called the “helmet roof”. These coupé-style windows narrow towards the back, giving a dynamic wedge form. Contrary to the MINI Countryman’s more vertical design, the MINI Paceman Concept was given a horizontal emphasis.

According to Marcus Syring, MINI Exterior Design Head, they highlighted the width of the Paceman with the intention to make it look powerful. This fresh new version of the conventional coupe design gives the MINI Paceman Concept its unique coupé tail, which matches the car’s athletic nature.

The new rear lights are found at the exterior edges of the wide, muscular rear wings and these stress the domination of horizontal lines that are parallel to each other and that highlight the wide track of the axle at the back.

Like the MINI Cooper S Countryman, the MINI Paceman Concept’s rear apron has a diffuser that directs the flow of air between the two exhausts, further improving the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties. Also, the license plate recess copies the form of the air intake in front to create a stylistic connection between the car’s front and rear.

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