The 2016 MINI Convertible was the first premium convertible to enter the small car class. While still the only one of its kind in the small car segment, the MINI Convertible has released a new edition that comes with several remarkable changes.
Though it still has four seats and can still be driven with an open top, a number of features have been optimized, particularly with the quality of work and materials used. These features are typically what customers expect from the MINI such as comfort, efficiency, safety, and sportiness. However, the functionalities and its connectivity have been enhanced as well.
When the MINI Convertible will be officially launched to the market, three engine options will be available though each has basically the same specifications when it comes to efficiency with CO2 emissions at 139 – 100 g/km and fuel consumption measured at 6.0 – 3.8 l/100 km.
All the three engines will be equipped with the MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. This technology not only allows turbo charging but also enables direct injection with a fully variable valve control and variable camshaft control.
The MINI Cooper Convertible will have the 3-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 100 kW/136 hp while the MINI Cooper D Convertible will also have a 3-cylinder type though it will be a diesel engine and gives an 85 kW/116 hp output.
A 4-cylinder petrol engine will be utilized for the MINI Cooper S Convertible, which can give out 141 kW/192 hp. Power from the engine is transmitted to its front wheels via the standard 6-speed manual transmission though the 6-speed Steptronic transmission is also offered as an option.
For the MINI Cooper S Convertible, there is an additional option of the 6-speed Steptronic sports transmission but with the shift paddles placed on its steering wheel. While MINIMALISM technology has always been part of the package, there will now be driving modes -- one of which is the GREEN mode which makes driving even more efficient.
Drivers of the MINI Convertible will get the feeling of being in a go-kart mainly because of the suspension technology that has been combined with the longer wheelbase and the wider track. The stiffness of the multilink rear axle has been increased while the weight has been reduced. Its single-joint strut front axle received the same treatment.
The MINI Convertible also uses a wide variety of new technologies like the Servotronic steering support. There is also the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with the Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) that comes as standard for any MINI. For the S Convertible, Performance Control has been added.
Other options that support performance are the sports suspension and Dynamic Damper Control. Though the light alloy 15-inch wheels are standard like the 16-inch versions, there is the option to increase this to 18 inches. Safety features have been included as well.
The body structure is rigid and with bracing elements, these not only give effective driving response but also increase protection for the occupants. There are other safety features like the airbags on the front and the head-thorax airbags on the backrests.
3-point automatic belts come as added protection for all the occupants. For those who have children, the MINI Convertible has ISOFIX mountings for child seat which can be placed at the rear seats or the front passenger seat.
The engine compartment lid plus the tire pressure display also offers protection for pedestrians in addition to the occupants. Through the use of centralized safety electronics, it makes it possible to control both the rollover protection and restraint systems.
For those who are interested in high-quality features, the vehicle comes with central locking and soft top activation, which is automatic. The MINI Convertible’s Radio MINI Boost can be connected with either the AUX-IN socket or through an USB.
Air conditioning and Park Distance Control have been included. For the exterior, the model has become striking with its color lines and exterior mirror graphics. Of course it has the John Cooper Works and the MINI Yours.
It also comes with state-of-the-art features that are exclusive on the MINI Convertible. One example is the LED headlamps that have the rear lights and the daytime driving light. It also has a LED fog lamp plus a turning light and an adaptive light distribution.
The MINI Convertible includes a lighting package for the interior with ambient lighting. Then there is the Head-Up Display and Parking Assistant. Other groundbreaking features are the Driving Assistant that has an active cruise control controlled by a camera plus a pedestrian warning and collision warning paired with the initial brake function.
A rear view camera has been installed while Intelligent Emergency Call has been made accessible. Completing this innovative additions are the road sign detection and high beam assistant. For those who want to experience more fun and comfort when driving, there are other options for this.
There is the Comfort Access, seat heating and the automatic 2-zone air conditioning with a convertible mode. The Always Open Timer now has new display content while the wind deflector has been improved to make the mounting simple and the weight lessened.
The new rain sensor can now automatically control the driving lights. This MINI Convertible also has the MINI Excitement Package. This package includes the MINI Logo Projection which starts from the exterior mirror and continues on through the region that is located on the front of the door on the driver’s side.
The windscreen has been made heatable, same with the folding exterior mirrors. Furthermore, the exterior mirrors, and even the interior ones, have the automatic dip function. Rounding this up is the MINI navigation system.
There is also the Wired equipment package that has a number of different functions that include the Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, MINI Connected XL Journey Mate, MINI Touch Controller, and Radio MINI Visual Boost.
Its connectivity features are also one of a kind. With the MINI Connected feature, it offers in-car infotainment program and it constantly updates a wide range of apps that can be integrated with the MINI Convertible through a smartphone.
There are other functions that are exclusive to this model like the MINI Streetwise. It even allows for online search and utilization of online-based services like different social media platforms. Entertainment offers include different applications like the AUPEO!, Audible and TuneIn.
It even has Deezer, Stitcher, and Napster/Rhapsody. Rounding it all up are GoPro and Spotify. The features are not limited to entertainment. It has the Force Meter, Sports Instruments, and even a rain warning function. One important connectivity feature is the XL Journey Mate which has real time traffic radar. As mentioned previously, each of the engines is equipped with the MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology.