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by Tim Beissmann

Details of the new and updated Mini vehicles launching in Australia in 2016.

 

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Mini Convertible – April

The third-generation Mini Convertible becomes the BMW-owned British brand’s biggest and most mature fabric-top model ever, measuring 98mm longer and 44mm wider than its predecessor, and sitting on a wheelbase that’s 28mm longer than before.

The new model also boasts more cabin space, as well as new front seats with extra adjustability, improved ingress and egress, a longer seat base for rear passengers, and roughly 25 per cent more boot space at 215 litres.

There are no surprises under the bonnet, where the new Mini Convertible inherits its turbocharged petrol engines from the hatches: the 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder Cooper, and the 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder Cooper S. Both will be available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

Other technologies from the third-gen Mini family find their way into the Convertible, such as LED headlights with high beam assist, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, reverse-view camera, collision and pedestrian warning with auto brake function, and road sign detection.

It also benefits from the new Mini Connected infotainment system with intelligent emergency call, in-car entertainment and social media app integration, and an internet-linked rain warning function that alerts drivers of incoming weather if the roof is open.

Expect circa-$40,000 pricing for the Cooper and a circa-$50,000 tag for the Cooper S.




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