Evolving from its close top hatchback, the new MINI Convertible receives a larger front grille and headlamps. Overall size has also increased as compared to its predecessor by 98mm in length, 44mm in width and 1mm in height to now measure 3,821mm in length, 1,727mm in width and 1,415mm in height.
2016 MINI Convertible sits on wider tracks and a longer wheelbase while interior space is also increases. Luggage space stands at 215 liters when top is closed to reduce to 160 liters when opened. The top, in a Union Jack pattern woven into the fabric, is made of a new multilayer structure which along with sliding roof function opens and closes at 30 kmph in 18 seconds.
No changes in powertrain are seen in the open top variant. The MINI Cooper continues to be powered by a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder petrol engine offering 136 PS peak power and 2.0 liter four cylinder petrol on the Cooper S capable of 192 PS power.
Cooper D receives a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel engine offering 116 PS power while the John Cooper Works edition slated for launch later will be powered by a 2.0 liter turbo four capable of 231 PS power. All engines will be mated to 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatics sending power to front wheels.
Prices commence from £18,475 (US$ 28458/INR 18,45,215), an increase of £750 over its earlier counterpart. Pricing goes up to £20,225 (US$31,137/INR 20,19,232) for the turbo diesel Cooper D and from £22,430 (US$ 34,532/INR 22,39,743) for range topping Cooper S variant.