2016 Mini Convertible revealed in Tokyo

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Bigger, better-equipped third-generation Mini Convertible can be set to go on sale within the UK in March 2016

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The brand-new Mini Convertible has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.

Set to reach UK showrooms in March 2016, the larger along with more comprehensively equipped third generation of the modern-day Convertible can be the latest of four versions to join the current Mini line-up, following on through the three-door hatchback, several-door hatchback along with recently introduced Clubman.

Reflecting the alterations brought to its siblings, the brand-new sun-seeking Mini receives fresh brand-new outdoor styling, giving of which a familiar although more mature appearance. Included can be more distinctive front end featuring a larger single-frame grille along with altered headlamps, added structure within the front wheelarches along with lower section of the doors, a more heavily raked windscreen, larger tail-lamps along with wider boot.

Mirroring the dimensions of its three-door hatch sibling, the brand-new Convertible can be 98mm longer, 44mm wider along with 7mm higher than its predecessor at 3821mm, 1727mm along with 1415mm respectively.

The brand-new car receives a heavily revised automatic cloth hood of which can be claimed to open or close in 18 seconds at the press of button at speeds of up to 19mph. As before, the multi-layer structure folds along with stows in an exposed position above the boot. Safety enhancements include 1-piece roll bar of which extends through behind the rear seats when sensors detect a possible rollover.

The adoption of parent company BMW’s brand-new high-strength steel UKL platform structure results in a 28mm increase in wheelbase, along with track widths of which are up by 42mm at the front along with 34mm at the rear – all of which helps to provide added Indoor accommodation.

Mini says the brand-new structure provides added rigidity along with stiffness compared with of which of the previous Convertible in a move claimed to reduce scuttle shake along with improve handling. The use of reinforcing structural elements along with some other stiffening measures within the floorpan along with bulkheads has led to a 115kg increase in weight over the three-door hatch at 1275kg for the Cooper S.

The larger external dimensions are reflected within the Indoor. The front seats receive added longitudinal adjustment, the width of the rear seats has increased by 34mm at shoulder height along with by 112mm within the elbow area, along with there’s an added 36mm of rear leg room.

Luggage capacity can be 215 litres with the hood up – 35 litres more than before. With the hood stowed, boot space can be reduced to 0 litres. The rear seats receive standard split-folding backrests along with an 8mm wider through-loading facility for easier stowage of longer items.

Among the standard equipment on versions bound for the UK will be a 6.5in multimedia screen, Bluetooth connectivity using a USB audio connection, rear parking distance control along using a reversing camera.

The brand-new Mini Convertible will be available through the outset of UK sales using a choice of three engines: a 134bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit within the Cooper, a 189bhp 2.0-litre petrol four within the Cooper S along using a 114bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel within the Cooper D.

some other powerplants, including a base 101bhp 1.2-litre petrol triple within the One along using a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel within the Cooper SD, are planned to be added later on.

Gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual along with optional six-speed automatic – the latter available with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. An electronic differential lock along with Dynamic Stability Control along with traction control are included on all versions as standard.

In initial top-of-the-line Cooper S form using a manual gearbox, Mini claims its brand-new Convertible will hit 62mph through standstill in 7.2sec along with reach a top speed of 143mph, beating its predecessor by a scant 0.1sec along with 3mph. Combined fuel consumption can be put at 47.1mpg, endowing the Cooper S Convertible with CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

Prices for the brand-new Mini Convertible start at £18,475 for the Cooper, rising to £20,225 for the Cooper D along with £22,430 for the Cooper S. The automatic gearbox can be an extra£1270.

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2014 Mini Cooper review

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