2016 Mini Cooper Convertible launched with new styling and increased dimensions with the roof retracting in just 18 seconds on-the-go
As part of expanding its Indian product line-up, Mini has unveiled the Convertible version of its popular Cooper model. The new-gen Mini Cooper Convertible has been priced at Rs. 34.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Price). The drop-top Cooper will be brought into India as CBU (Completely Built Unit) imports and it will join the three-door and five-door versions already on sale in the country.
The famed British manufacturer, now under the BMW group, says “contagious enthusiasm and its impulsive streak” will be pivotal in garnering more customers towards the unique brand. The latest generation Mini Cooper grew in proportions, purpose and exterior styling. The signature round-ish headlights are occupied by the LED Daytime Running Lights along its curvature and the rather elliptical grille and lower bumper portion have been treated prominently with chrome.
On-the-move the roof can be completely folded down in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 30 kmph says Mini. The luxury sports hatchback measures about 3,821 mm in length, 1,727 mm in width and 1,415 mm in height and this is significantly 98 mm long, 44 mm wide and 1 mm tall than the outgoing model whilst the wheelbase is 28 mm more to offer better cabin space.
Buyers have the option to choose ‘Mini Yours’ version which comprises of a quirky Union Jack graphic. As with any convertible, Mini had to play with the chassis to offset the handling characteristics and in effect the new Cooper Convertible weighs 120 kg heavier than the hard-top model. The new generation Cooper will share the features and equipment with its bigger brothers.
For instance, the large centre console and 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fabric and leather finished interiors, multi-functional steering wheel, sporty instrument cluster and seats, driving modes such as Green and Sport, etc. If you opt for the Mini Excitement optional package, you will be guaranteed with projection of Mini logo on the ground when door opens, LED interior and ambient lighting and much more.
The host of safety features provided in the Mini Cooper Convertible are ABS, Cornering Brake Control, Run flat Indicator, driver and passenger airbags, Brake Assist, three-point harness, Dynamic Stability Control and Crash Sensor. Under the bonnet, the Cooper Convertible gets power from a 2.0-litre Twin-Power four-cylinder turbo unit that develops 189 bhp of maximum power and 280 Nm of peak torque.
The powertrain is coupled with a six-speed automatic as standard and six-speed sports auto ‘box comes as optional. The car can sprint from standstill to 100 kmph in 7.1 seconds before topping out 233 kmph. With the key rivals Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione having not offered the convertible versions in India, the Mini Cooper Convertible will be an attractive option for many opulent sporty hatchback enthusiasts.