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 retain all the basic style cues of the current model, but there will be little distinctions. First, the headlights will be somewhat modified, as the halogen units will boast a new black accent and brand-new optional LED signature design. Around back, the LED taillights handle a Union Jack look. Also new are the looks of the light alloy wheels and the logo design, plus it’ll boast brand-new piano-black accents and three brand-new colors– Emerald Grey metal, Starlight Blue metal, and Solaris Orange metal– and readily available logo design projectors on the side mirrors.
2019 Mini Convertible Interior
Inside, the Mini Convertible will likewise maintain its standard styling. However it will get a few new touches, consisting of new optional leather surface areas, piano black accents, a brand-new basic 6.5-inch display with an optimized interface, standard Bluetooth connectivity, a brand-new optional 8.8-inch display with navigation and a new user interface, and optional wireless charging.
2019 Mini Convertible Engine
The under-hood bits will remain 100% the same in 2019, as the base engine will stay a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horse power 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, however its Hardtop brother or sister did. As a subcompact, the Mini Hardtop really does well in IIHS crash tests, as it received “Good” marks in all bang-up testing. Where it slipped was the headlight test, where it made a “Poor” score, dropping it from contention for a Top Safety Pick score. With no changes to the headlight function in the new year, don’t try to find these ratings to change.
2019 Mini Convertible Pricing & Release Date
There is no awaited release date for the 2019 Mini Convertible yet, however remain tuned for updates. With changes being very little, we do not anticipate prices to go much higher than the 2018 Convertible’s MSRP range, which is $28,800 to $38,950 (destination fees consisted of). The Mini Convertible’s competition will include the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.