Another MINI spin-off, this time a sleeker Countryman with two fewer doors. We reported on the Paceman’s production go-ahead at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show, and now we can tell you it will debut at the Paris Motor Show in September and officially go on sale early next year.

MINI has released some pictures of a camouflaged (well, sort of) Paceman on its Facebook page that clearly displays its sloping roofline and Countryman genes. It looks somewhat tauter and slimmer all round than the bulkier Countryman, and is definitely something we anticipate.

Bet at first glance you thought the rear of the car was on fire.