MINI Roadster to make its U.S. debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2011

The world premiere of the MINI Roadster will be at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 in Detroit. This is the first open-top two-seater in the MINI model range. MINI has claimed that this model offers urban driving fun. The MINI Roadster is a contemporary take on the compact, open-top sports car concept.

It features advanced drive and chassis technology and it comes with a classical, manually operated soft-top roof that could be opened and shut easily and quickly.

MINI Roadster was designed to offer open-top driving pleasure for two. The youngest MINI is highly efficient and agile. It’s also practical and stylish, combining tradition with a new twist.

The MINI stand at the NAIAS on Jan. 14 – 22 would surely be attracting those who want to view the world's first premium model of its kind in the small car segment.

The design of the new concept’s body shows that it remains loyal to the principles implemented by the design language of the MINI. MINI’s vehicles for instance are known to have those parallel lines, harmonious curves, and sporty tight surfaces. These are then complemented by the sloping windscreen frame, which when compared to the MINI Convertible, rakes an additional 13 degrees.

There is also the short passenger compartment with two seats and the flat boot lid. There is also another important feature which is the roll-over bars in polished stainless steel. In addition, the design team made sure that the bars would have the three-dimensional sculpting. These are padded on its front and offers a mount for the wind protection insert, though mainly an option.

Giving the MINI Roadster that clear attractive quality is the waistline that goes through the body’s length then extends all the way to the tail end to give it that elegant silhouette. This is possible whether the roof is closed or open. Highlighting this visual effect further is the wraparound chrome trim strip found at the base of the model’s roof and windows.

Its windscreen frame is more raked and narrows upward sharply unlike that of the MINI Convertible. When viewed on the front, this feature gives it that clear and distinct sporting effect. As a MINI model, the defining the look of the new Roadster is the strong over-the-wheel stance. There are also a number of unique features that put more focus on its identity as a MINI.

These are the black border seen on the lower portion of its body, array of chrome edging and strips, and the radiator grille with its hexagonal contours. Other features include the circular headlights with direction indicators incorporated to it and the rear lights that are vertically stacked and placed on outer regions of its rear end. Side indicator surrounds place on its front side panels are unique to the model.

Another interesting feature is the classic and clean soft-top roof in black and operated manually. This all-season durable and robust roof is in fact a good example of the MINI design language placed in the compact roadster.

Once closed, the roof has a style that is similar to the classic roadsters that plied the roads of Britain. By this, it means that it cascades down and widens as it goes to the body. This highlights its strong over-the-wheel stance.

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