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Mini reveals all-new Mini Convertible

New, costlier drop-top Mini to arrive in March

Mini Convertible front

Convertible catches up

It’s more than two years since the introduction of the second generation BMW Mini, and the company is still selling the first generation Convertible.

This will finally change in March 2009 with the introduction of an all-new Mini Convertible. The price increases, but so does the standard equipment, with additions including air conditioning and new gimmick, the Openometer.

Cooper and Cooper S first

Cooper and more powerful Cooper S variants will be available at launch. These feature all the usual Mini design cues, and the latest, more efficient engines. One key safety difference between the new and old Mini Convertible is the change from fixed rollover hoops to a single rollover bar, which pops up in milliseconds to protect passengers in event of an accident.

Mini Convertible rear

But prices will rise

The new roof mechanism operates electronically at speeds up to 20mph, and takes just 15 seconds. It can be partially retracted at up to 75mph to create a kind of sunroof.

The ‘Openometer’ is a gauge on the dashboard that measures how many hours the car has been driven with the top down. Perhaps this will prove useful when buying a Mini Convertible second hand.

Prices rise by nearly £1,000

Boot space is improved by five litres roof up and down to 170 and 125 litres, respectively. Back seat passengers get adjustable headrests for the first time, and bike rack preparation is fitted as standard. Very lifestyle…

And as you would expect from Mini, a range of personalisation features will be available, including a choice of Black, Denim Blue, and Hot Chocolate for the roof fabric.

Prices for the new car start at £15,995 for the Cooper, and £18,995 for the Cooper S. That’s quite a hike compared to £14,970 and £18,005 for the current version.


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