MINI has introduced its newest model, the Convertible, which is now in its third generation and will debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
The British based brand needed a few years until it managed to roll off the new drop-top version of the third hatchback generation and this is finally here. The model is bringing a more mature approach on the same design and it’s going to be offered with 11 exterior colors, including the Caribbean Aqua, as the company is saying. Customization is also carrying over to the interior, where the new Malt Brown leather is available, with its diamond-stitching, reminding us of the classic English Chesterfield sofas.
Customers can also go for the embroidered Union Jack and, compared to its predecessor, it has grown by 98 mm in length, 44 mm in width and 1 mm in height, standing in at 3,821 mm, 1,727 mm and 1,414 mm respectively. This also has wider tracks, +42 mm at the front and +34 mm at the rear, along with a 28 mm longer wheelbase. The luggage capacity has increased by 25 percent and it’s offering 215 liters with the top closed and 160 liters with it open.
The roof is basically a textile soft top with a multi-layer structure which can be opened and closed at speeds up to 30 km/h (19 mph) in approximately 18 seconds. This is bringing a newer and quieter mechanism, along with the sliding roof function as well. As you might have guesses, the 2016 MINI Convertible is basically sharing the same powertrains with its solid roof version but don’t expect exactly the same performance because this has gained some weight, 120 kg to be more specific.
The drop is going to be offered, at the time of its launch, with two gasoline burners, which include the 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol on the Cooper, rated at 134 HP, along with the 2.0 liter four-cylinder in the Cooper S, rated at 189 HP. Europeans will get a third version too, the 1.5 liter three-cylinder diesel, with its 114 HP, in the Cooper D. In 2016, MINI will be adding the 168 HP diesel and the range-topping JCW, which will come with a 2.0l turbo, producing 228 HP. The models are all FWD and they are coming with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions.