The redesigned Mini Convertible based on parent BMW's new front-wheel-drive architecture, will go on sale next March.
The car, like all of Mini’s redesigned models, will be powered by BMW Group engines. It is one of Mini’s five “superhero,” or core, models as the brand moves to focus on volume cars rather than expand into more niches.
Mini said pricing for the four-seat soft-top convertible will be announced in January. The three- and four-cylinder engines with TwinPower turbocharging are mated to a base six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
In Europe, Mini will offer the base Cooper and high-performance Cooper S gasoline models as well as a diesel Mini Cooper D.
The most frugal variant will be the diesel which uses 3.8 liters/100km (62mpg U.S./74.4mpg UK), Mini said in a statement.
Mini will offer the convertible with an extended range of optional exterior colors and interior trim as part of its move to position the brand’s vehicles away from volume products. The optional interiors include a brown leather with diamond stitching reminiscent of a British Chesterfield sofa.
The convertible top can be ordered with an optional embroidered Union Jack herringbone.
Mini said the convertible’s rigid frame and invisible roll bar improve safety and acoustics.
Mini has increased the size of the convertible over its predecessor by 98mm in length, 44mm in width and 1mm in height, and the new model now has luggage volume of 215 liters with the top up, about 25 percent more than before.