Wednesday 26 July 2017

And the convertible makes three: latest MINI due here in March

The Mini Convertible
The Mini Convertible
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

MINI will have three models in its line-up when the new Convertible goes on sale in the spring. The drop-head version is due in March with a new electric roof that can retract in 18 seconds.

Because the new underpinnings are larger than the old MINI, engineers have winkled out some extra space in the boot which is up 25pc (215 litres with the roof closed; 160 litres with it folded) - an important consideration for the golf clubs. Equally important is some extra cabin room too.

The Cooper and Cooper D versions are 3,821mm long with the Cooper S slightly longer at 3,850mm. Width (1,727mm), height (1,415mm) and 2,495mm wheelbase are the same for all three.

In general the cars are 98mm longer, 44mm wider and just 1mm taller; the wheelbase is 28mm longer. Front track is up 42mm and 34mm at the back.

They say there will be high levels of standard spec which will include rear parking distance control, rear reversing camera, visual boost radio, MINI Connected and Bluetooth.

There will be a three-car line-up at launch: Cooper (136bhp), Cooper D (116bhp) and Cooper S (192bhp).

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