Back in 2016, Mini debuted the third-generation Cooper Convertible, however its changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary. For 2018, this new-look Cooper Convertible handled a somewhat various name: Mini Convertible. Now, as we near the 2019 model year, Mini has announced a series of upgrades that’ll make the Convertible feel and look just a bit various.
2019 Mini Convertible Design
Visually, the 2019 Mini Convertible will retain all the basic style hints of the existing model, but there will be little differences. Initially, the headlights will be a little modified, as the halogen systems will boast a brand-new black accent and brand-new optional LED signature style. Around back, the LED taillights handle a Union Jack look. Likewise new are the looks of the light alloy wheels and the logo, plus it’ll boast brand-new piano-black accents and three new colors– Emerald Grey metal, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic– and readily available logo projectors on the side mirrors.
2019 Mini Convertible Interior
Inside, the Mini Convertible will likewise retain its fundamental styling. However it will get a few new touches, including new optional leather surfaces, piano black accents, a brand-new standard 6.5-inch display screen with an optimized interface, basic Bluetooth connectivity, a brand-new optional 8.8-inch screen with navigation and a new interface, and optional cordless charging.
2019 Mini Convertible Engine
The under-hood bits will remain 100% the same in 2019, as the base engine will remain a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Move up to the Cooper S trim, and the engine grows to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the John Cooper Works model presses the 2.0-liter engine to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The Mini Convertible didn’t undergo its own IIHS testing, however its Hardtop brother or sister did. As a subcompact, the Mini Hardtop in fact succeeds in IIHS crash tests, as it got “Good” marks in all bang-up testing. Where it slipped was the headlight test, in which it made a “Poor” score, dropping it from contention for a Top Safety Pick score. With no changes to the headlight function in the brand-new year, don’t try to find these scores to change.
2019 Mini Convertible Pricing & Release Date
There is no expected release date for the 2019 Mini Convertible yet, however stay tuned for updates. With changes being minimal, we don’t anticipate rates to go much greater than the 2018 Convertible’s MSRP range, which is $28,800 to $38,950 (location costs included). The Mini Convertible’s competition will consist of the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.
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