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The new 2016 Mini Convertible will go on sale in Europe from early March, the company has confirmed, after having first appeared late last year.

Premiering on the stands of the 2015 Tokyo motor show, the new Cooper Convertible (formerly Cabrio) was initially pencilled in for a mid-2016 debut.

This week, the car maker’s local arm has confirmed that buyers can expect the new droptop Mini to launch closer to the early part of the second quarter of this year.

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Local specifications and equipment won’t be revealed until closer to launch, but, internationally, everything there is to know about the Cooper Convertible was confirmed in Tokyo.

The Convertible debuts as the fourth body style in the new-generation Mini range, joining the three- and five-door hatches, and the new Clubman wagon.

As with its siblings, the Convertible is a larger offering than its predecessor, measuring 3821 to 3850mm long, 1727mm wide, 1415mm tall and riding on a 2495mm wheelbase. This makes it 98mm longer and 44mm wider than its predecessor, with a 28mm longer footprint.

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Interior room for the droptop’s four occupants has grown as a result, while boot space has grown 25 per cent to 215 litres with the roof up and 160 litres when stowed.

Engine options in the regular range will include a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder, 85kW/270Nm 1.5-litre diesel three-cylinder and, in the S, a 141kW/280Nm petrol four-cylinder unit.

This week has also brought the unveiling of the 170kW/320Nm John Cooper Works flagship – a model which has yet to be confirmed for an Australian debut.

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For more on the Mini Convertible, and the wider Mini range, see our links below.

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