Monday, July 20, 2009
Mini has revealed more details about the new Cooper convertible that was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit auto show. The price for the base model is $24,550 and the S version is $27,450, including the $650 destination and handling charge. Orders are now being taken with the first deliveries starting at the end of March.
Like the first generation convertible, a sliding feature allows the car to be driven with the top partially open, and the top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 18 mph. The new convertible uses a single rollbar behind the rear seats to protect the passengers in the event of a rollover; the company also suggests the new design will improve rearward visibility. Mini claims the car will provide increased cargo space, though the practical gains are incremental.
The convertible is offered in two trim lines: base and S. Both are powered by a four-cylinder gas engine, with the thrifty base engine producing 118 horsepower; the turbocharged S has 172 horsepower.
Learn more about the Mini Cooper convertible in our preview coverage, and see our road test and Ratings on the hardtop models.