expanding MINI's product line, the MINI Convertible makes its U.S. debut at the
2004 New York International Auto Show.
Convertible brings the fun of open-top motoring to MINI and is the next
significant model introduction for the brand.
Convertible will be offered in the U.S. market in two model variations and will
offer responsive power and performance already well know in the hard tops. The MINI Cooper
Convertible comes with a normally aspirated 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine and the
MINI Cooper S Convertible comes with the supercharged 1.6 liter 4 cylinder
a convertible -- a MINI Convertible
Convertible is a fully-fledged four-seater that is fun yet functional. Carrying
on MINI's unmistakable design, the car has a very clean look with much of the
top recessing into the rear deck area when the top is retracted. And although this car is all about
open-top motoring, with the top up, the MINI Convertible also retains MINI's
unmistakable signature roof silhouette.
Convertible soft top incorporates a "sunroof" feature unheard of in the
segment. The first 16 inches of the
soft top slides open and closed along the top rails just like a sunroof and can
be operated at speeds of up to 75 miles-per-hour. Leave it to MINI to give "motorers" a
choice of how they want to experience the elements.
automatic soft top on the MINI Convertible makes open-top motoring quick and
easy. Opening automatically in just
15 seconds, the roof columns automatically retract and the rear side windows
move down simultaneously. With the
single touch of a button, the intelligent top design mechanism opens and folds
away without the need for a tonneau cover. The fully insulated soft top will be
available in three colors -- black, green and blue - and features a heated glass
With its roof
down, a chrome strip along the base of the window line accentuates the car's
distinctive profile. MINI's upright
windscreen, the absence of a B-pillar "basket handle" support, along with the
high-strength aluminum roll bars behind the rear-seat backrest, and the compact,
folding roof all give the MINI Convertible a clean, open look.
or Down -- the MINI Convertible can still carry the load
Convertible is also designed to optimize available storage space, despite the
car's compact dimensions. MINI
offers a truly unique feature by creating an expandable opening to the rear
boot. With the top in the up
position, the lower rear edge of the top hinges upward to expand the size of the
boot opening to allow stowage of bulky or odd-shaped items.
like MINI's first generation predecessor, the rear trunk lid is bottom-hinged to
open downwards and is suspended with high strength supports that can hold up to
176 pounds. The rear compartment
also incorporates 50/50 flip fold-down rear seats with a large pass-through
opening to accommodate longer items.
This is possible due to the car's very rigid chassis that requires no
need for a bulkhead. These clever
features all help to maximize the available cargo capacity for the MINI
Befitting a car
that is "open" for all to see, the MINI Convertible comes with unique interior
design elements. The dashboard and
door trim are available to coordinate with the exterior body colors,
specifically the MINI Convertible's two signature exterior colors -- Hot Orange
and Cool Blue. Options for interior
trim also include silver, anthracite and aluminium-style trim. The interior can also be dressed with an
optional Chrome Package for the rev counter surrounds, central instruments
and the cup-holders.
cockpit Chrono Gauge Package emphasizes the cars sporting character with the
central instrument cluster featuring dials for fuel, oil and coolant
temperature, as well as oil pressure.
This package moves the speedometer up to the steering column along side
the tachometer. Sporty motoring is
further accentuated by a new three-spoke leather sports steering wheel. With the optional multi-function
steering wheel controls drivers can control audio, telematics and cruise-control
and Agility make this Convertible a true MINI
safety and rigidity are all part of the equations. Much like the hard top MINI Cooper and
Cooper S, the MINI Convertible combines a very stiff body shell with a taut
chassis and nimble handling. The
MINI Convertible offers a low center of gravity, a wide stance, multi-link rear
suspension and very direct steering -- all of the attributes of a go-kart, now
including the open air experience too.
At the front
McPherson spring struts further enhanced by an anti-roll bar ensure sporty
handling while maintaining excellent stability. The multi-arm rear suspension of the
MINI Convertible remains unique in a car this size, and works with the anti-roll
bar to deliver optimum handling and cornering abilities.
Electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering (EHPAS) in the MINI
Convertible offers very direct, to-the-point driving characteristics -- again,
emphasizing the go-kart-like driving which has long become the symbol of the
enhancements have been made to achieve a high standard of torsional stiffness
and crash protection. The doorsills
have been strengthened to help reduce deformation in the event of a side
impact. In the unlikely event of a
rollover, the A-pillars incorporate ultra-strong tubular steel designed to
withstand high loads. At the rear
the double roll-bars are made of high-strength aluminum tubes, and combined with
the integrated headrests, offer high levels of passenger safety.
Convertible offers occupants optimum crash protection with an extremely stiff
body structure along with two "intelligent" front impact airbags and two
side-impact head/thorax airbags integrated into the seats - all
A high standard
of active safety includes four-wheel disc brakes, four-sensor ABS, Electronic
Brake Force Distribution (EBD), as well as Cornering Brake Control (CBC). Also
available are Automatic Stability and Traction Control (ASC T) as well as
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) -- all to help to provide superior driving and
tracking stability in extreme situations.
Customization -- the MINI of your choice
Convertible comes with a host of options, features and exciting colors to give
customers a wide array of choices to individualize their cars. New colors are available including two
that are exclusive to the MINI Convertible -- Hot Orange and Cool Blue. A wide range of light-alloy wheels is
also available to compliment the car's appearance.
equipment includes a fully automatic power top with sliding roof function and a
heated glass rear window, four-sensor ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution
(EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), a tire monitoring system, power windows
and side-view mirrors, electro-hydraulic power steering, Park Distance Control
(PDC), height adjustable front seats and tilt wheel, as well as central remote
locking -- just to name a few.
A sampling of
optional equipment includes xenon headlights, onboard navigation system, Harman
Kardon audio system, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a
multi-function steering wheel, a rain sensor, and interior rear-view mirror with
Convertible is will go on sale in the U.S. market in late summer as a 2005
model. Pricing will be announced
prior to market launch.
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