Sun-loving small car fans, your new ride is (almost) ready to roll with the introduction of the new MINI Convertible range.
Keen spotters may note that the name has changed from Cabio to Convertible, but otherwise the formula remains the same, offering four seats with a cloth roof that stacks above the rear of the car to maintain the iconic open-top MINI look.
Two models make up the range with the Cooper opening the bidding from $37,900 - a price cut of $2450 compared to the outgoing model. The more powerful Cooper S lands from $45,400, a $3400 saving compared to the previous model.
Under the bonnet of the Cooper Convertible lies MINI’s 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100km/h dash of 8.7 seconds with fuel consumption rated at 5.3 l/100km.
The Cooper S adds more zing with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque enabling a 0-100km/h time of 7.1 seconds and fuel consumption of 5.8 l/100km.
Both cars arrive with a six-speed automatic as standard fitment, and the Copper S gains paddle shifters.
Standard Cooper Convertible features include 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear park sensors and a reversing camera, cloth upholstery, and LED interior ambient lighting. Infotainment is provided by MINI’s 6.5-inch Visual Boost interface.
The folding soft top is fully automatic, with MINI’s ‘always open’ timer feature to keep an eye on how much time you’ve spent sun-soaking.
The Cooper S Convertible adds 17-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior, a John Cooper Works flat-bottom steering wheel, LED headlights and foglights, satellite navigation, and driving mode selector.
As an option both models are available with a MINI Yours soft top for the first time, which features a black and grey Union Jack motif woven into the soft top fabric, in place of the standard black roof.
MINI Cooper Convertible $37,900 (plus on road costs)
MINI Cooper S Convertible $45,500 (plus on road costs)
NOTE: Overseas model shown - Australian images yet to be released
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