Back in 2016, Mini debuted the third-generation Cooper Convertible, but its changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary. For 2018, this new-look Cooper Convertible handled a slightly different name: Mini Convertible. Now, as we near the 2019 model year, Mini has revealed a series of upgrades that’ll make the Convertible look just a bit different.
2019 Mini Convertible Design
Aesthetically, the 2019 Mini Convertible will maintain all the basic design cues of the current model, however there will be small differences. Initially, the headlights will be somewhat tweaked, as the halogen systems will boast a brand-new black accent and new optional LED signature style. Around back, the LED taillights handle a Union Jack look. Also brand-new are the looks of the light alloy wheels and the logo, plus it’ll boast new piano-black accents and three new colors– Emerald Grey metal, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metal– and offered logo projectors on the side mirrors.
2019 Mini Convertible Interior
Inside, the Mini Convertible will likewise retain its basic styling. However it will get a few brand-new touches, consisting of new optional leather surface areas, piano black accents, a new basic 6.5-inch display with an optimized user interface, basic Bluetooth connectivity, a new optional 8.8-inch display with navigation and a new interface, and optional wireless charging.
2019 Mini Convertible Engine
The under-hood bits will remain 100% unchanged in 2019, as the base engine will remain a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Move up to the Cooper S trim, and the engine grows to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the John Cooper Works model presses the 2.0-liter engine to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The Mini Convertible didn’t undergo its own IIHS screening, but its Hardtop sibling did. As a subcompact, the Mini Hardtop actually succeeds in IIHS crash tests, as it got “Good” marks in all bang-up testing. Where it slipped was the headlight test, where it made a “Poor” ranking, dropping it from contention for a Top Safety Pick score. With no changes to the headlight function in the brand-new year, do not try to find these scores to change.
2019 Mini Convertible Pricing & Release Date
There is no awaited release date for the 2019 Mini Convertible yet, but remain tuned for updates. With changes being minimal, we don’t anticipate prices to go much greater than the 2018 Convertible’s MSRP range, which is $28,800 to $38,950 (location fees consisted of). The Mini Convertible’s competition will consist of the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.