MINI Countryman Coupe confirmed image

MINI has announced that a new model will enter its lineup, the Countryman Coupe, which will hit the market next year.

Just like its name suggests, the MINI Countryman Coupe is actually a coupe version of the current Countryman, but visually, the model will be almost identical to the MINI Paceman concept.

According to the British based automaker, the MINI Countryman Coupe will hit the market in 2013, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t get a glimpse ahead of its launch, because MINI will bring it to the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which will officially open its gates in September.

If aesthetically the MINI Countryman Coupe will be almost identical to the MINI Paceman, technically, the new model in the company’s lineup will adopt the same engines and transmissions as its larger brother, the MINI Countryman. MINI says that the Countryman Coupe will get front-wheel drive in standard, but as an option, its future customers will be able to order the all-wheel drive version as well.

The most powerful version of the MINI Countryman Coupe will be the John Cooper Works, which will get a 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine, which will develop a total output of 211 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque.

More details on the MINI Countryman Coupe will be announced at the Paris Motor Show this autumn, where the model will be presented to the public.