The Mini Countryman Coupé has been snapped undergoing testing in its final production form in Germany. The Mini Countryman Coupé is the production version of the Paceman Concept first seen at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
The Countryman Coupé is exactly what is says: a two-door version of the Mini Countryman SUV that went into production in the second half of 2010 and has been on sale in South Africa since December 2010.
The photos of the lightly camouflaged prototype indicate that not much has changed from the concept model, with the only visible updates being the design of the upper and lower grilles, together with the absence of leather trim accents on the exterior.
Like the concept, the Paceman or Countryman Coupé, will ride on the same wheelbase but will be about 13 mm longer and stand 20 mm lower than the five-door model.
The Countryman Coupé is expected to feature the same 1.6-litre engines as the conventional four-door Countryman, namely, the 90 kW / 160 Nm for the base model and the turbocharged 135 kW / 240 Nm petrol for the Cooper S variants. A 1.6-litre 85 kW / 270 Nm diesel will also be available in overseas markets. Expect a JCW version to follow in due course. The brand’s ‘ALL4’ all-wheel-drive system will also be available to give the city-styled crossover some off-road credibility.
The new Countryman Coupé will be making its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and is expected to go on sale in early 2013.