Mini has revealed its latest addition to its range, the new Convertible. Following the introduction of the hatchback, and our recent drive in the Clubman, the Cabriolet uses all these latest updates in what will now be the only convertible model in the range following the end of production of the Coupe and Roadster earlier this year.
In terms of the interior and exterior design, there is no real surprises, as the car is after all a convertible version of the three-door hatcback. As with the hatchback, the Cabriolet is larger that its predecessor, it is longer, wider and slightly higher. Furthermore, the wheelbase is also increased, and so has both tracks at the front and rear. This means that Mini now claims luggage space has increased by more than 25%.
The engine range will be the same as the hatch, which means a Cooper version with the 1,5-litre engine delivering 100 kW and 230 N.m, followed by the 2,0-litre Cooper S with 141 kW and 300 N.m. Eventually we could also expect to see a John Cooper Works version with the 170 kW/320 N.m engine.
Expect the arrival of this model towards the first or second quarter of 2016.
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