The third-generation Mini Convertible has made its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, following its global release about a week ago.
Like its hardtop siblings, the latest Convertible is bigger than its predecessor – 44 mm wider, 98 mm longer and 1 mm taller, to be exact. Its wheelbase has also grown by a full 28 mm, leading to a bigger and more spacious cabin.
Everything else is about the same its hardtop counterparts, bar the automatic-folding soft top, which can be raised or lowered in just 18 seconds at speeds up to 30 km/h. The unit also features a sliding roof function.
On the powertrain front, the base Cooper model gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 hp and 220 Nm of torque under its belt, with a choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The Cooper S, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine that churns out 187 hp and 280 Nm of torque.
The British premium brand MINI is presenting the latest results of the current generation change in its model range at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 with a World and Asia premiere. The international motor show in the Japanese capital is the venue for the first public presentation of the new MINI Convertible. The new MINI Clubman will also see its premiere on the Asian continent here.
Both new arrivals demonstrate how the wide range of possibilities of experiencing the latest edition of MINI typical driving fun have been broadened even further. Just like the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door, the new MINI Convertible offers significant advancements in the areas of technology, design, equipment and premium quality. Enjoying open air driving pleasure in hallmark style is now even more attractive. The new MINI Clubman combines the advances of the new model generation with a clear boost in space and functionality, thereby transferring them to the premium compact segment for the first time. In this competitive environment, its unconventional body concept with four doors and the two Split Doors at the rear, which open sideways, make it an exceptional phenomenon right away.
The Tokyo Motor Show ranks among the top five of the most important international auto shows. It was brought into being in 1954 and is being conducted for the 44th time already this year. Taking “Your heart will race – technology and fantasy” as the motto, automobile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from all over the world are presenting their latest models, products and technologies from 30. October to 8. November. The MINI presentation at the international Tokyo Big Sight trade fair centre gives visitors the opportunity to also get to know the other members of the model family, current MINI Connected innovations as well as new products from the optional equipment and Original MINI accessories range.
The new MINI Convertible: invigorating driving fun, innovative technology and individual style.
Once again the MINI Convertible offers the most exclusive and also most invigorating way of enjoying hallmark MINI driving fun. In the new edition of the open four-seater, the evolutionary refinement of the sporty-elegant exterior design and the high-grade interior ambience harmonise with the wide range of innovations in the areas of drive, suspension, equipment and networking. The fully automatic textile top of the new MINI Convertible is equipped with a fully electric and therefore especially quiet drive mechanism. It can also be opened and closed while driving up to speeds of 30 km/h in 18 seconds respectively and also features a sliding roof function. Optionally a MINI Yours top with woven-in Union Jack design is available. A touch of visual style is also offered by the new Caribbean Aqua metallic paintwork.
The new generation of the first and still only convertible in the small car premium segment will go on sale on the Japanese market in the first quarter of 2016 in the model variants MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible. Both models are driven by the powerful and efficient latest-generation engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. Agile and safe driving is ensured thanks to the hallmark power transmission to the front wheels, the high-grade, model-specifically harmonised suspension technology, the wide track, the low centre of gravity and the body reinforcements especially conceived for the convertible. The automatic rollover protection has now been completely integrated behind the rear seats. The new options include the Always Open Timer, whose display functions have been expanded, the MINI Connected App with rain warning, the automatic air conditioning with convertible mode as well as the especially compact and user-friendly wind deflector.
The new MINI Clubman: multifacetted individualist for the premium compact segment.
The second new model of the British brand presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 has everything that it takes to win over new target groups to the unmistakable MINI feeling. The new MINI Clubman offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI. In addition, its unique body concept, characteristic design features, premium quality and thrillingly agile handling properties make for hallmark MINI style in the compact segment.
With its Split Doors at the rear, the new MINI Clubman has six doors. With its long wheelbase, its stretched silhouette and steep rear section, it represents the modern interpretation of the shooting brake concept. Five fully-fledged seats and a spacious and variable interior as well as the distinctive cockpit design, clearly highlight the advances made in comparison to the predecessor model with regard to space and functionality. The new MINI Clubman is equipped as standard with an electric parking brake and optionally also with electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats. In addition the entire range of driver assistance systems is available for the new MINI generation. The luggage space volume of the new MINI Clubman can be extended to as much as 1250 litres by folding down the rear backrest with its 40:20:40 split. Non-contact opening of the split doors is possible in combination with the optional equipment Comfort Access function.
The current engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology also powers the MINI Clubman providing sports style temperament and outstanding efficiency. Two model variants will be launched in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2015. The new MINI Cooper Clubman transfers the engine power generated by its 3-cylinder petrol engine to the front wheels via 6-speed Steptronic transmission. The 4-cylinder engine of the new MINI Cooper S Clubman is combined with the first 8-speed Steptronic transmission to be used by the brand. The optional MINI Driving Modes include the standard MID setting, the intensive driving fun SPORT mode and the especially efficient GREEN mode. Fuel-efficient driving is also ensured by the sailing function where the drivetrain is decoupled as soon as the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.
MINI model range: On the track for success with new diversity.
With the new models shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the latest MINI generation presents a level of model diversity which enables further target groups to experience driving fun in everyday traffic. With its current range for the small car and compact segment, the British premium brand is preparing the ground for continuing its success story on the Japanese car market. The latest generation of the original in the premium small car segment will be available in the MINI 3 door and MINI 5 door version for the first time. Three engine types are offered for both models. The extremely sports oriented MINI John Cooper Works was also created based on the classic 3 door model version. The new edition of the top athlete is the most powerful production vehicle ever manufactured by the brand.
The MINI Countryman already impressively proved that hallmark MINI driving fun and individual style thrills customers beyond the small car segment, too. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional ALL4 all-wheel drive, the allrounder greatly contributed to the brand’s continuous growth on the Japanese market. There is added support by the avant-garde and very sports-oriented MINI Paceman, the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment. Both models also serve as the basis for two further extreme athletes in the MINI model range. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman are characterised by their motor sport inspired drive and suspension technology, all-wheel drive as standard as well as highly distinctive exterior and interior design.