MINI-loving sunseekers can rest easy - there's a new MINI Convertible on the way!
Going on sale in March 2016, the Convertible is the only premium, four-seat full convertible in the small car segment.
Based on the third generation of MINI 3 door hatchback, there'll be a three car line-up at launch, with Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S models.
Compared to its predecessor, the new MINI Convertible is 98mm longer, with 28mm of that in the wheelbase, improving the day-to-day practicality of the car. There is more headroom - particularly for those in the back - but comfort levels are enhanced in all four seats. Boot space is up by a quarter too, with 215 litres available with the roof in place and 160 litres with it stowed.
The lowest-powered option will be the Cooper D, powered by a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder diesel engine, producing 116hp. This will return a 0-60mph time of just under 10 seconds, but also records 70.6mpg combined. The petrol Cooper also uses a 1.5 litre, 3-cylinder engine, but with 136hp it's a little livelier when it comes to acceleration - by around a second - but a little less economical between the pumps at 55.4mpg.
Those who like things a little quicker will be pleased to see the Cooper S. This uses the same 192hp, 2-litre petrol engine as other MINI Cooper S models, and it will propel the soft top to 60mph in just over 7 seconds. All engines are available with an optional 6-speed Steptronic automatic in addition to the standard 6-speed manual.
There is a new fully-electric roof that’s quieter and more refined. This opens or closes in 18 seconds and at speeds of up to 18mph and a 40cm section of the roof can be retracted on its own. For the first time, the roof can be personalised, with a monochrome Union Flag design woven into the roof fabric!
All cars are exceptionally well-equipped and come with a rear parking camera and the MINI Connected infotainment system. Upgrade to Connected XL and you'll get a “rain warner” function that will text the driver if their MINI Convertible is parked with the roof down with inclement weather forecast. Should the outlook be poor while you're driving the car above 30mph, MINI Connected XL will suggest possible safe places to pull over and close the roof.
There's a selection of 13 metallic and non-metallic paint finishes, with Caribbean Aqua metallic added to the line up for the first time. All can be combined with exterior options, like Chrome Line, to truly individualise your MINI.
The car will go on sale in March 2016, with prices starting at £19,745 for the MINI Convertible Cooper model.