MINI unveiled the Paceman concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011 and it wasn't long before officials confirmed it for production. This progress has now been evidently documented by these spy photos that show a pre-production prototype doing a round of testing.
The Paceman name of the concept has been discarded after MINI chose to rename it as the Countryman Coupe for production. However, one area that does appear to have been retained is the exterior styling with a front end that looks almost identical. The back end on the other hand sports a layer of camouflage which appears to hide a redesigned set of taillights and a modestly restyled bumper.
The engine line-up is likely to mimic its four-door Countryman sibling which would unfortunately rule out the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that the Paceman concept was presented with. This engine generated 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS) and up to 260 Nm (192 ft-lb) and will probably be reserved for the high performance JCW (John Cooper Works) version.
The Countryman Coupe will be unveiled to the public at the Paris Motor Show in September before going on sale in 2013 as a 2014 model.