The 2016 Mini Convertible brings all the updates found in the Mini Hardtop and then applies it into the car manufacturer’s drop-top model. Interested people who are planning on purchasing this vehicle will be able to choose from either Cooper and Cooper S trims.
What’s New for the 2016 Mini Convertible?
Like the Hardtop, the 2016 Mini Convertible is larger than its predecessor. It is 4.5-inches longer, 1.7-inches wider, and about a full inch taller than the outgoing variant. When looking at the wheelbase, it is 1.1-inches longer. Furthermore, the front and rear tracks are almost 2-inches wider.
The trunk in the new Mini Convertible has clearly been extended as well. The expansion brings about an increased luggage volume of about 25-percent. The trunk space has a 7.6-cubic feet when the convertible’s top up, whereas it measures 5.7-cubic feet when the top is down.
The Convertible still retains the textile soft-top. This means it touts an automatic open-and-close feature which uses either the key fob or the interior switch. The top will open or close at 18-mph and it takes about 18-seconds each time it does this. It can also open part way to act as a sunroof. There is also a safety feature in the event of a rollover, in which there will be two integrated protection bars to protect the occupants of the vehicle from injury.
While there are updates for the Convertible, it still feels very much like the Hardtop. Still, those interested in purchasing the automobile know that it comes in either Cooper or Cooper S trims. For the standard Cooper, it will pack a 134-horsepower 3-cylinder engine. For the Cooper S, it will have a better 189-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Both types come with the standard 6-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matched downshifts. However, buyers are able to spend extra for a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Mini’s offerings for their vehicles are always rife when it comes to optional equipment, and the Convertible follows on towards the legacy. There are plenty of technology available, which include an 8.8-inch infotainment system that comes complete with navigation and a touch-sensitive controller, an adaptive suspension, and also an LED exterior lighting. If you want added luxury, you can spend more to apply the same Chesterfield leather interior, which is the same material found on the new Clubman.
The 2016 Mini Convertible is not yet available for purchase and pricing will be announced come January 2016.