The Paceman Is Mini's Tall, Two-Door Countryman

The BMW Group will be focusing on front-wheel drive at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The first car is the Concept Active Tourer, and the second is this, the Mini Paceman.

Mini is calling the Paceman the "the world's first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment." That's a mouthful. Basically, it appears to be a Countryman with two fewer doors and a roof influenced by the Mini Cooper Coupe.

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Gotta say, I don't actually dislike it, and I've never been a fan of the Countryman.

If you know the Countryman, you know the Paceman. The same slew of four-cylinder engines will be available and a John Cooper Works version is also being developed. All-4 all-wheel drive is an option and there are both a six-speed manual and automatic to put the power to the road.

There is currently no date for when it will go on sale, but don't expect it to take too long to reach showroom floors.