The British automaker has already officially confirmed it will not put out a successor to the interesting but not so successful Paceman coupe-SUV, and now we’re also tipped to when the retirement actually happens.
According to British media, this year marks the end of the journey for the Mini Countryman-based Paceman, a three-door crossover scheduled to reach the end of the production line sometimes later this year. For now, the model is being built in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr, but the German parent will clear the path for the BMW 5 Series which is leaving the factory starting next year. The Paceman has been produced here since 2012, but the quirky SUV will not get a successor. The British automaker has rethought its model strategy and as it moves into the third modern generation of models – with the hatch, Convertible and Clubman versions already out – it is slowly retiring the unsuccessful business cases.
As the Paceman goes out of production, Mini will have a lineup consisting of five distinct models – the hatchback, the Cabrio, the Clubman, the next generation Countryman and a possible sedan. The latter should be inspired by the Clubman and focus on US and Asian markets, although it will have global availability. And next to the Paceman, the company will send into retirement the Coupe and Roadster models as well.