Following its world premiere at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last week, production of the third generation 2016 Mini Convertible has commenced at VDL Nedcar, one of BMW Group’s contract manufacturers, in Netherlands. The Dutch plant already builds the third generation 2015 Mini Hatch from last year and this is the second Mini to enter production there.
The first batch will probably be shipped overseas. Its deliveries are set to commence in Germany and Netherlands in March 2016. In the UK, USA and Canada also, sales will commence during this month.
The UKL platform-based bigger, all-new 2016 Mini Convertible is more spacious for both passengers and luggage. With a length, width and height of 3,821 mm, 1,727 mm and 1,415 mm respectively, the new generation model is 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider and 1 mm taller. The wheelbase has also been increased, by 28 mm 2,495 mm.
The 2016 Mini Convertible range includes Mini Cooper Convertible, Mini Cooper S Convertible and Mini Cooper D Convertible.
The standard model will feature a 1.5-litre MINI TwinPower Turbo turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 110 kW (136 hp) and 220 Nm (230 Nm with overboost function). It’s mated to a 6-speed manual/6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. 0-100 km/h acceleration time and top speed figures are rated at 8.8 seconds (manual)/8.7 seconds (automatic) and 208 km/h (manual)/206 km/h (automatic) respectively.
The Mini Cooper S Convertible sports a 2.0-litre MINI TwinPower Turbo turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 141 kW (192 hp) and 280 Nm (300 Nm with overboost function). The engine is linked to a 6-speed manual/6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The 0-100 acceleration time and top speed figures are marked 7.2 seconds (manual)/7.1 seconds (automatic) and 230 km/h (manual)/228 km/h (automatic) respectively.
The Mini Cooper D Convertible features a 1.5-litre MINI TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 85 kW (116 hp) and 270 Nm of torque. The diesel motor works in pair with a 6-speed manual/6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, and allows the convertible car to reach 0-100 km/h in 9.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 195 km/h.
2016 Mini Convertible – Prices
|Model||kW / PS||Price
|MINI Cooper Cabrio||100 / 136||€23,950|
|MINI Cooper S Cabrio||141 / 192||€27,950|
|MINI Cooper D Cabrio||85 / 116||€25,900|
|MINI Cooper Convertible||136||Manual||114||£18,475|
|MINI Cooper D Convertible||116||Manual||100||£20,225|
|MINI Cooper S Convertible||192||Manual||139||£22,430|
|MINI Cooper Cabrio||€27,990|
|MINI Cooper D Cabrio||€30,990|
|MINI Cooper S Cabrio||€35,990|