MINI's Latest Foray Into Pointless Variations

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
minis latest foray into pointless variations

Evo magazine has got their hands on the latest variant from MINI – the three-door Paceman. Yes, it’s a Countryman SUV with three doors.

Why does this exist? The short answer; because there’s a three-door Range Rover Evoque. The long answer is of course, economies of scale, volume and all that fun stuff.

The thing is, there is a precedent for a three-door Evoque. Before the double-R became transportation of choice for the Hollywood C-List reality TV star set, there was a three-door Range available on the other side of the Atlantic. Of course, Mini has a long history of three door cars, and the Countryman did exist once upon a time in the pre-BMW era. But the Paceman is just a shameless ploy at adding more volume and yet another variant to the MINI range. The sloping roof is pretty much stolen directly from the Evoque, too. Can you say, derivative?

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  • -Cole- -Cole- on Jul 31, 2012

    I prefer the other double-R

    • MeaCulpa MeaCulpa on Aug 01, 2012

      The Reliant Robin is mighty fine machine, no doubt about it.

  • FuzzyPlushroom FuzzyPlushroom on Jul 31, 2012

    I know it sounds strange, but do we really want/need a tighter Countryman?

  • Spyked Spyked on Jul 31, 2012

    MINI could get this thing out to market, and SAAB didn't get a chance to produce the 9-2 that they were THIS close to doing. It was going to use BMW/MINI engines too! Life isn't fair sometimes.

  • Stevelovescars Stevelovescars on Aug 01, 2012

    I don't quite understand the justification for this model or the coupe from Mini. What I really don't get, however, is how BMW can justify making and importing so many small-volume variants of the Mini but other companies can't justify offering Americans versions of cars they sell overseas like small wagons, Diesels, or even manual transmissions? I understand that volumes might be low, but they don't even try. I would have to imagine that the sales volume of something like a Chevy Cruze wagon would dwarf something like this 3-door Mini SUV.... And they already have it all engineered and built for other markets.