It would appear as though MINI itself is responsible for leaking these images of the new Paceman. According to MotoringFile the pics were originally published in the online version of MINI Space magazine, but when we followed the link provided it drew a blank.
Never mind that, here’s the pics. You can make out the Paceman badge running across the rear tailgate, which confirms once and for all the naming of what is effectively a Countryman coupé.
We’re told the Paceman is due for an online release of information before the Paris Motor Show, where it will make its public debut. European sales should start before the end of the year and that being the case we’d expect to see the Paceman in Australia around six months later; that’s if we get it at all.
With no rational reasons why, that we can think of, we really like this car! Early previews from the Euro press have been promising too.