MINI Convertible (2016–)
- October 2015: New MINI Convertible revealed
- February 2016: MINI Open 150 Convertible UK Special Edition announced
- May 2017: Enhanced interior added
- December 2017: New gearbox introduced
- January 2018: New features for 2018 MINI Convertible announced
- October 2018: MINI gets new trim line-up
New MINI Convertible revealed
Features include a fully electric roof that is quieter and smoother than the previous model, a fully integrated rollover protection system and more rear space than ever before.
A striking new exterior and interior design ensures the new MINI Convertible is unmistakably MINI, whilst showcasing a blend of sporting flair and elegant dynamism.
The all-new MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper D Convertible are 3,821 mm long, with the MINI Cooper S Convertible 3,850 mm long. All models are 1,727 mm wide, 1,415 mm high and have a wheelbase of 2,495 mm.
Those dimensions have increased compared with the outgoing model, with 98 mm extra length, 44 mm extra width and 1 mm extra height. The wheelbase is 28 mm longer and track width has also grown a further 42 mm at the front and 34 mm at the rear.
The increase in dimensions has enhanced comfort levels and freedom of movement in all four seats. The two front seats have a wider range of adjustment, while rear passengers benefit from easier access, more headroom, a longer seat surface and improved lateral support. The design of the new rear more clearly defines the two individual seats.
Day-to-day practicality has also improved. Smart design and interior packaging means luggage volume has expanded by around 25 per cent to 215 litres with the roof closed and 160 litres with it folded down.
|MINI Cooper Convertible||136||Man||114||£18,475|
|MINI Cooper D Convertible||116||Man||100||£20,225|
|MINI Cooper S Convertible||192||Man||139||£22,430|
Personalisation is once again at the heart of the new MINI Convertible. Options include an industry-first Union Jack design woven into the MINI Yours fabric roof. There are two new exterior colours – Caribbean Aqua and Melting Silver – with a new Chester leather in Malt Brown available for the interior.
A three-car range will be available from launch – the MINI Cooper Convertible, MINI Cooper D Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible – with two petrol engines and one diesel. On-the-road pricing starts at just £18,475.
MINI Cooper Convertible:
Capacity: 1,499 cc
Output: 100 kW/136 hp at 4 400 rpm
Max. torque: 220 Nm at 1 250 rpm
Acceleration (0–62 mph): 8.8 seconds (automatic: 8.7 seconds)
Top speed: 129 mph (128 mph)
Average fuel consumption: 55.4 mpg (53.3 mpg)
CO 2 emissions: 114 g/km (119 g/km)
MINI Cooper D Convertible:
Capacity: 1,496 cc
Output: 85 kW/116 hp at 4 000 rpm,
Max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm
Acceleration (0–62 mph): 9.9 seconds (automatic: 9.9 seconds)
Top speed: 121 mph (121 mph)
Average fuel consumption: 70.6 mpg (68.9 mpg)
CO 2 emissions: 100 g/km (104 g/km)
MINI Cooper S Convertible:
Capacity: 1,998 cc
Output: 141 kW/192 hp at 5 000 – 6 000 rpm
Max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 – 4 000 rpm
Acceleration (0–62 mph): 7.2 seconds (automatic: 7.1 seconds)
Top speed: 143 mph (142 mph)
Average fuel consumption: 46.3 mpg (48.7 mpg)
CO 2 emissions: 139 g/km (131 g/km)
MINI Open 150 Convertible UK Special Edition announced
Has Leather Chester Malt Brown upholstery. On the dashboard is a specially designed Open 150 Edition plaque and door entry strips also hold the unique Open 150 Edition badge. Standard equipment, includes heated seats, MINI Yours Soft-top and 18” MINI Yours Alloys. Chili Pack and Media Pack are also standard on MINI Open 150 Edition, featuring a number of popular options including satellite navigation and LED headlights.
Enhanced interior added
All new MINI models have enhanced cockpit instrument with a new night design and a fuel level display that offers greater precision. Operation of MINI Driving Modes and MINI Head-Up Display is also revised. An alertness assistant is introduced on MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-door Hatch and MINI Convertible models.
As of July 2017, the cockpit instrument on the steering column of all current MINI models offers improved clarity and an enhanced graphics display. At night time, the numbers and letters will appear in white rather than orange. This new colour scheme also applies to the Head-Up Display whilst driving in the dark. Individual height setting for the Head-Up Display is now be stored in the personal profile on the vehicle key, as are settings for the exterior mirrors and the electrically adjustable seats. The new fuel level display on the right-hand section of the cockpit instrument features an enhanced and more precise display, making it easier to read fuel level details.
Operation of MINI Driving Modes is modified in all current MINI models as of July 2017. Changing from the standard setting to SPORT mode or GREEN Mode and is now facilitated by means of a toggle switch positioned underneath the air conditioning controls. Head-Up Display controllers are managed from a separate menu item in the MINI operating system from July 2017 onwards.
The alertness assistant is introduced on the MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-door Hatch and MINI Convertible as of July 2017, enhancing safety on lengthier trips. Included with the optional MINI Visual Boost screen, MINI Navigation or MINI Navigation XL, the system continuously analyses how the vehicle is driven. If the distance covered or the driver’s behaviour indicates that the driver may be losing concentration, the system encourages the driver to take a break with a graphic displayed on the central display screen.
New gearbox introduced
7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission replaced 6-speed automatic option for all normal sized MINIs: MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and the MINI Convertible. The DCT is operated by a newly designed electronic selector lever. This new selector lever always returns to its original position after changing between driving mode D, neutral position N and reverse mode. The parking lock is activated by pressing the P button.
New features for 2018 MINI Convertible announced
New design standard-fit front and rear LED lights for UK market. New optional adaptive headlights with Matrix high beam. Unique individualisation with MINI Yours 3D printed parts. 6.5-inch colour infotainment screen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and multifunction steering wheel fitted as standard. New touchscreen MINI Navigation with Apple CarPlay and wireless smartphone charging.
New MINI Connected Services with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Online Search, Natural Language Understanding and Concierge Service. New MINI logo, body finishes, Piano Black exterior and alloy wheel designs. Extended range of leather trim, new interior backlit surfaces and colour lines. MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver's side. New 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch and electronic shift selector. (MINI Cooper S JCW with 320Nm torque retains 8-speed torque converter auto.)
Using the satellite navigation data and the car’s inbuilt camera systems, the stop/start can be intelligently controlled to identify situations in which it is better not to switch off the engine: for example when stopping briefly before making a turn or entering a roundabout, or if the traffic ahead has started moving again.
MINI Cooper Convertible: 100 kW/136 hp, 0 – 62 mph in 8.8 seconds (8.7 seconds), top speed: 129 mph (128 mph), fuel consumption: 54.3 mpg combined cycle (54.3 mpg combined cycle)*, CO2 emissions: 123 – 119 g/km (123 – 118 g/km)*.
MINI Cooper S Convertible: 141 kW/192 hp, 0 – 62 mph in 7.2 seconds (7.1 seconds), top speed: 143 mph (143 mph), fuel consumption: 44.8 mpg combined cycle (57.4 mpg combined cycle)*, CO2 emissions: 123 – 119 g/km (123 – 118 g/km)*.
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible: 170 kW/231 hp, 0 – 62 mph in 6.6 seconds (6.5 seconds), top speed: 150 mph (149 mph), fuel consumption: 42.2 mpg combined cycle (47.9 mpg combined cycle)*, CO2 emissions: 152 g/km (136 g/km)*.
MINI automatics get 7-speed wet clutch DSG in place of 8-speed torque converter auto.
MINI gets new trim line-up
Classic, Sport and Exclusive are new styles, each offering increased standard specification and a shortcut to a distinctive interior and exterior character of their choice.
The range starts with Classic. This gets a 6.5-inch colour infotainment screen, intelligent emergency call, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity is standard on all models. Standard specification across the range has been enhanced with the introduction of Classic, which now also includes ambient lighting, exterior MINI logo projection and automatic headlights with rain sensor.
Sport models includes John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit and Spoiler, John Cooper Works Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension, John Cooper Works Bucket Seats, John Cooper Works Steering Wheel and anthracite interior headliner. Sport models are available in combination with Cooper and Cooper S engines.
Exclusive builds on the Classic model specification with upgraded ‘Exclusive’ alloy wheels, chrome line exterior finish, MINI Yours Lounge leather upholstery, MINI Yours leather steering wheel, MINI Yours interior trim and interior chrome line finish. Exclusive models are available in combination with Cooper and Cooper S engines.