Following the introductions of the Mini Hardtop and Clubman versions, the company has unveiled its all-new Convertible. Available to order in both Cooper and Cooper S trims at the moment, the Mini Convertible takes all the updates of the Mini Hardtop and applies it to this new drop-top variant. The new Convertible is much larger than its predecessor. Length is up by 4.5 inches, width expands by 1.7 inches, and height grows 0.8 inch. MINI claims more headroom than before, but the rear seats are still strictly for two. Thankfully, the better packaging means the tiny boot has grown by 25 per cent to 215-litres, or 160-litres with the roof down.
The engines on offer are those already powering the Hardtop and Clubman. The Cooper gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivering approximately 134 horsepower, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp will be fitted to the Cooper S. The one we can’t wait to drive will be the John Cooper Works model which will be packing at least 228 hp. Standard kit for the Convertible includes Mini’s 6.5-inch display infotainment display with Bluetooth and MINI Connected services, parking sensors and a reversing camera. The new Mini Convertible is set to go on sale in Ireland March 2016. We will bring you more information as we get it.