The strangely-named MINI Paceman concept – unveiled last year – represents another possible niche for the company to enter. A sporting coupe variant of the existing Countryman looks like a marginal one to us, but one that MINI feels it can exploit. Rumours about the Paceman name being dropped have gained momentum in recent days, especially now Car & Driver has thrown its hat into the ring, with the story that Countryman Coupe is going to be the chosen moniker for the three-door.
However, we hear from a reasonable source that the Metro name, which has remained under BMW ownership since it sold Rover back in 2000, is also under consideration. It’s a name that translates well across European, American and Asian markets, and perfectly reflects the young go-getting urban feel that the car is trying to achieve. So, could the UK price lists witness the return of the MINI-Metro name in 2013?
Stranger things have happened.
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