The MINI Paceman is inching closer to production as BMW has filed a patent application for the crossover's design.

The MINI Paceman is inching closer to production as BMW has filed a patent application for the crossover's design.

Looking virtually identical to the concept, the retail model will be based on the Countryman and built by Magna-Steyr in Graz, Austria. Engine options will likely carryover so expect outputs ranging from 90 PS (66 kW / 90 hp) to 211 PS (155 kW / 208 hp).

Previous reports have indicated the Paceman could be launched as soon as 2013, so expect a flurry of spy photos in the coming months.