Back in 2016, Mini debuted the third-generation Cooper Convertible, however 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 actually revealed a series of upgrades that’ll make the Convertible look just a bit different.
Visually, the 2019 Mini Convertible will keep all the basic design cues of the existing model, however there will be little differences. First, the headlights will be slightly fine-tuned, as the halogen units will boast a new black accent and new optional LED signature style. Around back, the LED taillights take on a Union Jack look. Likewise brand-new are the appearances of the light alloy wheels and the logo, plus it’ll boast new piano-black accents and 3 brand-new colors– Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metal– and available logo projectors on the side mirrors.
Inside, the Mini Convertible will also retain its standard styling. However it will get a few new touches, consisting of new optional leather surface areas, piano black accents, a new basic 6.5-inch display screen with an optimized user interface, basic Bluetooth connectivity, a brand-new optional 8.8-inch display screen with navigation and a brand-new interface, and optional cordless charging.
The under-hood bits will remain 100% the same in 2019, as the base engine will remain a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horse power and 162 pound-feet of torque. Go 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 brother or sister did. As a subcompact, the Mini Hardtop actually does well in IIHS crash tests, as it got “Good” marks in all bang-up screening. Where it slipped was the headlight test, in which it earned a “Poor” rating, dropping it from contention for a Top Safety Pick ranking. Without any changes to the headlight function in the brand-new year, don’t search for these scores to change.
There is no anticipated release date for the 2019 Mini Convertible yet, but stay tuned for updates. With changes being very little, we don’t expect pricing to go much higher than the 2018 Convertible’s MSRP variety, which is $28,800 to $38,950 (destination fees included). The Mini Convertible’s competitors will consist of the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.