New Mini cabrio in time for spring
The new Mini convertible has been launched in Malta just in time for spring and summer.
With a raised shoulder line, highlighted by a chrome strip which extends around the body of the car, the new Mini Convertible has a more purposeful and dynamic stance than its predecessor. The low roofline, wheels in each corner and short overhangs at both the front and rear of the car denote its sporting intent.
Specific design cues differentiate the Cooper and Cooper S models. Both derivatives feature Mini's trademark hexagon radiator grille and large round headlamps with integrated indicators. The Cooper S Convertible sets itself apart visually through the presence of an enhanced 'powerdome', which sits 20mm higher than the Mini Cooper's bonnet and houses a large air scoop. At the rear end, large twin tailpipes, a large diffuser in the rear bumper and a two-piece rear fog lamp mark it out.
Exclusive to the new drop-top will be two all-new colours: interchange yellow and horizon blue. Contrasting roof options add visual appeal to the newcomer.
The automatic canvas roof can be fully retracted or closed using a roof-frame mounted toggle switch in just 15 seconds. In the event of a driver being caught unexpectedly by a sudden downpour, this function will fully operate with the car at speeds of up to 20 mph.
A unique feature typical of Mini will be the Openometer. Offered as an option, the Openometer records the time spent by the owner driving with the top down, meaning passengers can measure their visual coolness inside, even if it's cold outside.
Unlike its predecessor's fixed anti-roll bars the new model features a single-piece roll bar situated behind the rear seats, ensuring passenger safety in the event of a crash. The roll bar will extend in milliseconds at the point of impact to protect the car's occupants should the car overturn. Remarkably, this new arrangement in no way obstructs the driver's line of visibility when looking out of the rear window.
In contrast to the first iteration of the new Mini Convertible, rear passengers will be able to adjust the height of their head rests at will, unlike the preceding car's fixed-position arrangement.
The easy-load boot compartment now has a capacity of 125 litres (up from 120) with the roof open and 170 litres with the roof closed (previously 165). With the rear seat folded down and roof closed, luggage space totals 660 litres, 55 litres more than the previous convertible.
The new Mini convertible starts at €30,900. For more information call local agents Muscats Motors on 2326 4000.