While Mini is geared up to launch the next-generation all-new Countryman in India, the brand has also showcased its Convertible at the Auto Expo 2018. As there aren’t any updates, the Mini Convertible continues to use the UKL platform which is what makes it larger than its predecessors. Let’s look at some of the unique selling points of the Mini Convertible.
The design of the Mini Convertible is characterised by sheer curves all over, a gaping grille that’s flanked by large doll-eyed headlamps, and a wide rectangular air-dam on the front bumper.
Thanks to the soft-top design with a two-door set-up, black cladding, minimal overhangs and the large-diameter alloy wheels with thick low-profile rubber, the Mini Convertible looks quite sporty.
The rear portion of the Mini Convertible shows off the compact boot section with the large tail lights, twin exhausts and wide footprint. The unmistakable retro look is obvious when the roof is folded since it is partially tucked over the boot.
Attention to detail is brilliant, which is what makes a Mini unique, and the convertible is no different. The circular theme continues, the highlight here definitely being the large round infotainment screen which adorns the centre of the dash. There are plenty of toggle switches, including a huge red one for the engine start/stop.
The Mini Convertible gets the same 2.0-litre motor and six-speed transmission that powers the Cooper S. With 189bhp/280Nm on tap and a light compact body to haul, Mini claims the car can crack 100kmph from standstill in just 7.1 seconds.
This Mini is for those who love the open air experience, and want scintillating performance behind the wheel too. The closest competitor to the Mini Convertible in India is the Audi A3 Cabriolet.