Another world premiere at the 2012 Paris Auto Show will be the MINI Paceman. The sportier, two-door version of the Countryman introduced last year will come to market in 2013.

Built on the same platform and wheelbase as the Countryman, the two-door Paceman has a lower stance, 0.4 inch closer to the ground, and a roof placed 1.7 inches lower than the five-door version.

This lower stance delivers a more dynamic drive than the Countryman while providing more space than the current MINI hatch. The Paceman is also 44 pounds lighter than the Countryman. Think of the Paceman’s market placement as the X6 SAC in relation to the utilitarian X5.

Customers will have plenty of model options to choose from Paceman Cooper to Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD. A MINI John Cooper Works is expected to come to market as well.  All variants are available with the all-wheel drive ALL4 system as standard.

Inside, some small difference from the Countryman are taking place, mostly around trim and materials.

The base price of the Paceman will be slightly above the five-door Countryman, around 1,500 euros for German customers.