Set to reach UK showrooms in March 2016, the larger and more comprehensively equipped third generation of the modern-day Convertible is the latest of four models to join the current Mini line-up, following on from the three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and recently introduced Clubman.
Reflecting the changes brought to its siblings, the new Mini receives fresh new exterior styling, giving it a familiar but more mature appearance. It has a more distinctive front end with a larger, single-frame grille and altered headlamps, added structure within the front wheelarches, a more heavily raked windscreen, larger tail-lights and a wider boot.
Mirroring the dimensions of its three-door hatch sibling, the new Convertible is 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm higher than its predecessor, at 3821mm, 1727mm and 1415mm respectively.
The new car receives a heavily revised power-assisted cloth hood that is claimed to open or close in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 19mph. As before, the multi-layer structure folds and stows in an exposed position above the boot. Safety enhancements include a single-piece roll bar that extends from behind the rear seats when sensors detect a possible rollover.
The adoption of parent company BMW’s new high-strength steel UKL platform structure results in a 28mm increase in wheelbase, along with track widths that are up by 42mm at the front and 34mm at the rear – all of which helps to boot cabin space.
The front seats receive added longitudinal adjustment, the width of the rear seats has increased by 34mm at shoulder height and by 112mm in the elbow area, and there's an added 36mm of rear leg room.