MINI has pulled the covers from its long-awaited Paceman three-door crossover, ahead of an Australian debut MINI expects to occur in early 2013.
Arriving nearly two years since its show-car unveiling, the Paceman has transitioned from concept to production model with only minor styling tweaks.
The 2013 Paceman picks up the grille of the five-door Countryman, but the rear-end is all-new, previewing what could be a new hatch and tail-light design for the wider MINI range.
Despite the absence of its rear doors, the Paceman is no smaller than its Countryman donor car, measuring the same 4110mm in length and 1789mm width.
Thanks to the chopped roofline however, the Paceman's height is shorter, measuring just 1541mm tall to the Countryman's 1561mm.
The cabin of the Paceman offers seating for four, and rear storage capacity is listed at 1080 litres with the back seats down, and 330 litres when upright.
By comparison, the Countryman's squarer roofline and taller glasshouse ensures a more capacious rear area, listed at 1170 and 350 litres.
Keeping the Paceman in-line with its sporting looks, MINI has gifted the three-door with a 10mm lower ride height an a re-tuned chassis for improved handling.
Engine options for the Paceman will include a familiar set, with an 88kW 1.6 litre petrol at the entry end, followed by the 135kW Cooper S Paceman.
Fuel consumption is listed at 6.0 and 6.1 l/100km respectively, and 0-100km/h times at 10.4 and 7.5 seconds.
Diesel models will include the 82kW 1.6 litre Cooper D Paceman, and the top-shelf 105kW 2.0 litre Cooper SD Paceman.
The Cooper D lists fuel use at 4.4 l/100km, and 0-100km/h at 10.8 seconds. For the Cooper SD Paceman, it's 4.6 l/100km and 9.2 seconds.
All models, petrol and diesel, will be equipped with six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a six-speed auto available as an option.
Only the Cooper S gets MINI's ALL4 all-wheel-drive as standard, although the three front-wheelers can be upgraded to the all-paw pack.
Speaking with TMR today, MINI Australia's Scott Croaker said that while exact timing is still to be confirmed, a local debut is expected to occur toward the end of the first quarter of 2013.