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MINI will be debuting its Paceman Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, and the company says that the study – which combines defining features of the four-door Mini Countryman and styling elements of a coupe – could become another product in the brand’s portfolio.

Tagged as the first Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) in the small car segment, the two-door four-seater wears the same block found in the MINI John Cooper Works, with the 1.6 litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine’s 211 hp and 260 Nm of torque (280 Nm in overboost) unchanged for the concept. It’s front-wheel-drive with this one, though an ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system is an option.

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The 4.11m long design features a horizontal emphasis compared to the more vertical design of the Countryman, with a greater accentuation on width being noticeable. Frontal design cues include large headlights with chrome surrounds that extend far into the front wings, and additional intakes in the lower section of the front bumper and deep-set foglamps to further emphasise the front end.

Elsewhere, the roof contours are particularly pronounced – the flat roofline runs horizontally from front to rear, where it flows into a wide, transparent-looking C-pillar. The coupe-specific windows taper as they extend to the rear, and combine with the slightly rising waistline to create a prominently dynamic wedge shape when viewed from the side.

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Meanwhile, positioned at the outer edges of the rear, the tail lamps help underline the dominance of horizontal lines. As with the Cooper S Countryman, the rear apron of the Paceman Concept has a diffuser design. Additionally, the airflow is channelled between the twin-tailpipe exhaust on the underbody section, further optimising the car’s aerodynamic properties.

Inside, the Paceman Concept retains much of cues from the brand’s design language (read Countryman), but features certain new takes on things as befits a concept study, and the car wears 19-inch wheels designed exclusively for it.

Gallery after the jump.

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