Just as fall begins to settle in, Mini is getting ready for spring. A new Mini hits the road next March and the biggest thing you’ll notice is that it’s a convertible. Yes, Mini is finally dropping its top. The model is also bigger, offers new features, and gets BMW front wheel drive architecture and offers two BMW based engines.
“The new Mini Convertible has a great balance of playful personalization and sophistication. It’s open-top driving without compromise. The bespoke levels of customization set it apart from other convertibles on the market, while the front wheel drive BMW architecture and engines make it fun-to-drive and practical in any driving conditions,” says David Duncan, vice president Mini of the Americas.
The new drop-top will offer both a Cooper and a Cooper S model. The Cooper model will come standard with a BMW developed, three-cylinder, 1.5-liter, Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology engine that gets 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft torque. S model will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder variant with 189 horses and 207 lb-ft torque. Both models come standard with six-speed manual transmission and offer six-speed Steptronic automatic as well.
The new model is 4.5 inches longer, 1.7 inches wider, and about an inch taller than the previous model. The larger size allows for about 25 percent more cargo volume for a total of 7.6 cubic feet with the top up and 5.7 with it down.
The roofline closely matches that of the 2-door Hardtop. It comes with a fabric soft-top that can lower at speeds up to 18 mph and takes 18 seconds to fully drop behind the rear seats. It also offers a multi-way top setting that includes a sunroof option that opens the roof midway. Open air safety is achieved with two protection spring bars that launch in the event of a rollover.
Mini is a self-proclaimed customization focused automaker and the new Convertible is no exception. It offers 11 color options including the new Caribbean Aqua color that is a tribute to classic Minis and the Melting Silver color that debuted with the new Clubman. The soft top offers a cool new custom option with an embroidered Union Jack design with herringbone pattern details. The cabin offers plenty of custom options with a new Malt Brown seating design that features leather with diamond-stitching that mirrors a classic English Chesterfield sofa; note that the tea and crumpets are not included.
We’ll get pricing details in January and the new model will arrive in dealerships in March.