The Mini Paceman will cease production by the end of the year as Mini trims back its model line-up.
The three-door crossover hatchback is currently built at parent company BMW’s plant in Graz, Austria, which is run by Magna Steyr. Magna has just announced that it will build the new BMW 5 Series saloon in Graz from 2017, which will leave no room for the quirky Mini or the related Mini Countryman, which has been built there since 2010.
However, while a new Countryman will be revealed before the end of this year, BMW has said since the end of 2014 that the Paceman will be phased out.
Mini wants to establish five distinct lines of vehicles as it moves into the third generation of cars developed under BMW ownership. The refreshed range will be more mature and rounded compared with the early vehicles’ cartoonish personalities.
The hatchback, Clubman and Convertible form the first three lines, and the new, more upmarket Countryman will form the fourth. The fifth is likely to be a saloon, built to target the US and Asian markets, although it will be sold globally.
The Paceman was introduced in 2012 and received a broadly favourable review from Autocar's road test team. However, BMW executives felt it sat too close to the Countryman in Mini’s line-up and decided to axe it.