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Open Driving Excitement: Introducing the New MINI Convertible

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 22, 2015 – MINI USA introduced today the newest addition to its iconic product line, the new MINI Convertible. As the first open top MINI powered by BMW Group engines and architecture, the new MINI Convertible is a premium four-seater soft-top convertible that is both practical and customizable for unlimited open-air motoring fun.

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 22, 2015 MINI USA introduced today the newest addition to its iconic product line, the new MINI Convertible. As the first open top MINI powered by BMW Group engines and architecture, the new MINI Convertible is a premium four-seater soft-top convertible that is both practical and customizable for unlimited open-air motoring fun.  

 

Like all other MINI models in the product portfolio, the new MINI Convertible is made for individualization, setting the new standard in the premium convertible market. It offers a choice of 11 exterior color options, including the new Caribbean Aqua, which harkens back to the classic MINI color palette, ideal for the fun-loving enthusiast, and Melting Silver, recently introduced on the new MINI Clubman, a cool and modern finish perfect for the open air thrill seeker.

 

The customization carries over to the interior with a number of premium seating options available, including a new Malt Brown leather with diamond-stitching reminiscent of classic English Chesterfield sofas. Convertible enthusiasts looking for even more style can opt for the new MINI Yours soft-top featuring an embroidered Union Jack with herringbone patterned detailing.

 

“The new MINI Convertible has a great balance of playful personalization and sophistication. It’s open-top driving without compromise,” said David Duncan, vice president MINI of the Americas. “The bespoke levels of customization set it apart from other convertibles on the market, while the front wheel drive BMW architecture and engines make it fun-to-drive and practical in any driving conditions.”

 

Powered by BMW Group-developed three- and four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology engines, the new MINI Convertible will come standard with an efficient six-speed manual transmission. With the three-cylinder Cooper version and four-cylinder Cooper S, the new MINI Convertible presents customers a choice of two powerful, highly efficient TwinPower Turbo engines developed by the BMW Group and built in Europe. In keeping with MINI tradition for authentic, driver-involving motoring, both the Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, the new MINI Convertible can be equipped with a smooth, quick-shifting 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

 

This premium four-seater convertible has an emphasis on practicality, with an easy-load and load-through function that makes the cargo space both accessible and functional. The rigid frame and invisible roll bar enhance both the safety of the vehicle and also provide improved acoustics, allowing for more long-distance comfort and sporty driving dynamics.  Drivers will also appreciate the unique multi-way top settings, including a sunroof option which enables the soft-top to open midway for just the right amount of sun and air.  

 

The new MINI Convertible is equipped with an “Always Open Timer,” providing convertible enthusiasts with the ability to calculate the number of hours they’ve driven with the top down. It will also come standard with the MINI Connected infotainment system including a 6.5-inch high-resolution screen. In addition, an optional larger 8.8-inch display includes naviation and a clever rain warning app, which notifies drivers of impending storms so they can prepare their vehicle for inclement weather.

 

The new MINI Convertible, available in both Cooper and Cooper S variants, will go on sale in March 2016 at MINI dealers across the U.S. Pricing will be announced in January.  For full vehicle specifications and images please see the detailed product news release here .

 

About MINI in the US

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 124 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of six unique vehicles.

Journalist notes: Media information about MINI and its products is available to journalists on-line at www.miniusanews.com.

 

 


dimensions and capacities (us)

 

Doors

2

 

Seats

4

 

Veh. length

- Cooper

inch

151.1

- Cooper S

inch

151.9

Veh. width

inch

68

Width incl mirrors

inch

76.1

Veh. height

inch

55.7

Wheelbase

inch

98.2

Front track

- Cooper

inch

59.1

- Cooper S

inch

58.5

Rear track

- Cooper

inch

59.1

- Cooper S

inch

58.5

Overhang front

inch

30.1

Rear overhang

- Cooper

inch

22.7

- Cooper S

inch

23.5

Ground clearance

inch

4.5

Turning circle

ft

35.4

Legroom front

inch

41.4

Legroom 2nd row

inch

30.9

Shoulder room front

inch

51

Shoulder room rear

inch

39.7

Headroom front

inch

39.8

Max. headroom 2nd row

inch

39

Front Seat Volume

ft³

48.6

Rear Seat Volume

ft³

27.7

Cargo Volume

- with top open

ft³

5.7

- with top closed

ft³

7.6

Gas tank capacity

gal

11.6

 

 

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS (us)

 

Cooper

  

 

Engine Type

Inline 3-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology, turbocharged and direct injected

Displacement

1499 cm³

Engine power

134 bhp @ 4400 rpm

Engine torque

162 ft lbs @ 1250 rpm

Transmissions

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Gear ratios:

1st gear

4.459

3.615

2nd

2.508

1.952

3rd

1.556

1.241

4th

1.142

0.969

5th

0.851

0.806

6th

0.672

0.683

7th

N/A

N/A

8th

N/A

N/A

Reverse gear

3.185

3.538

Final drive ratio

3.683

3.421

Curb Weight (lbs)

2905

2855

0-60 mph

8.2 sec.

8.3 sec.

Top speed

128 mph

128 mph

Suspension type front

1-link drive strut axle

Rear suspension

central pivot axle

Steering type

rack-and-pinion

Power-steering

EPS

Steering ratio

14 : 1

Front brake

disc ventilated

Rear brake

disc

   

 

 

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS (us)

 

 

 

 

 

Cooper S

  

Engine Type

Inline 4-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology, turbocharged and direct injected

Displacement

1998 cm³

Engine power

189 bhp @ 5000 rpm

Engine torque

207 ft lbs @ 1250 rpm

Transmissions

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Gear ratios:

1st gear

4.459

3.923

2nd

2.508

2.136

3rd

1.556

1.276

4th

1.142

0.921

5th

0.851

0.756

6th

0.672

0.628

7th

N/A

N/A

8th

N/A

N/A

Reverse gear

3.185

3.538

Final drive ratio

3.502

3.588

Curb Weight (lbs)

3025

2985

0-60 mph

6.7 sec.

6.8 sec.

Top speed

142 mph

143 mph

Suspension type front

1-link drive strut axle

Rear suspension

central pivot axle

Steering type

rack-and-pinion

Power-steering

EPS

Steering ratio

14 : 1

Front brake

disc ventilated

Rear brake

disc

 

 

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