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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 LA Auto Show
Mini Paceman

What is it? The Mini family continues to expand with the addition of the Paceman, essentially a two-door version of the Countryman. The Paceman is a four-seater, sharing the same center rail system with the Countryman that facilitates attachments for cupholders and phone holders.

Pricing begins at $23,900 for the normally aspirated 121-hp base model. The 181-hp S turbo version is the only variation available with AWD, and it starts at $29,200.

What’s new or notable? The Mini family grows, reaching out to new customers and aiming to retain those who may be ready for a larger vehicle. 

CR’s take: We loved driving our Countryman when we tested it, thanks to its agile handling and fun-to-drive nature. Confusing controls and somewhat stiff ride were demerits. As we consider what to make of the genre-defying Paceman, it could be looked at as a less expensive alternative to a Land Rover Evoque two-door.

When will it be available? March 2013.

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