The British company decided to retire the Paceman coupe-SUV because of its relative success – but according to the rumor mill it’s now considering a comeback, albeit with a different formula for a coupe-crossover model.
The Mini Paceman will cease to exist when it goes out of production at the end of the year, and it was originally believed the unconventional coupe-SUV will not receive a new generation or even a successor. Now a recent report flying off the mill claims there will be a spiritual heir coming sometimes in 2018. According to a recent interview with BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk, the manager has alleged to the development of a new variant for the Countryman lineup, namely a coupe – and that would be an indirect successor for the Paceman, currently assembled in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr.
The project hasn’t received the green light yet, but if it does Mini will have a different approach to the coupe-SUV idea. It could become a coupe-SUV in the same vein as the BMW X4 and X6, with four doors and an elongated wheelbase compared to the Paceman. We expect it to have the same cues and less interior space in the back than a regular Countryman, with the same underlying platform – UKL1 – and family of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.