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Production of the new BMW 5 Series at the Graz plant means no more room for Mini’s three-door crossover.

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.

As well as the Paceman, the Mini Coupé and Roadster are also being phased out.

Phill Tromans

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catnip 18 September 2016

The Paceman has always been a

The Paceman has always been a rather awkward member of the MINI family, and I don't think many people will mourn its passing. If Autocar are right that a saloon will be the fifth model line, then does that mean the Superleggera sports car will never see the light of day?
abkq 17 September 2016

People sneer at Audi's

People sneer at Audi's photocopier approach. But Audi make subtle proportional adjustments to every 'photocopied' model and the result is almost always well proportioned.

It's Mini's photocopier approach that's more problematic. The Paceman as a scaled-up 3-door hatchback looks as wrong as a baby scaled up to adult size.

Flatus senex 18 September 2016

They are right to sneer!

abkq wrote:

People sneer at Audi's photocopier approach.

IMHO it is utterly dull and unimaginative. For "subtle" read "flair free". Mini's lack of flair manifests itself in lumpy proportions and poor detailing. As others have said, the Paceman is the worst of a collection of grotesques.

The Apprentice 17 September 2016

Its always been perverse to

Its always been perverse to be sat at the traffic lights looking up at someone sat in a 'mini' alongside.