The 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible will arrive at dealerships in the U.S. starting March 2016.
The British automaker officially unveiled the new compact model as a premium four-seat, soft-top convertible that is “both practical and customizable for unlimited open-air motoring fun.” Offered in a choice of 11 exterior colors, including the new Caribbean Aqua and Melting Silver, drivers will also get to choose from a plethora of seating options including a new Malt Brown leather with diamond stitching.
Like the MINI Cooper Coupe, the convertible variant comes in standard and S trim. The base model is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, while the Cooper S Convertible has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, although a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is available as an option.
The new model also comes equipped with an “Always Open Timer” that provides 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 screen. An optional, larger 8.8-inch display includes navigation and a rain warning app that notifies drivers of impending storms.
Pricing on the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible will be announced in January.
“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.”
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