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 somewhat different name: Mini Convertible. Now, as we near the 2019 model year, Mini has revealed a series of upgrades that’ll make the Convertible feel and look simply a bit different.
2019 Mini Convertible Design
Visually, the 2019 Mini Convertible will maintain all the general style cues of the current model, but there will be little differences. First, the headlights will be a little fine-tuned, as the halogen units will boast a new black accent and brand-new optional LED signature design. Around back, the LED taillights take on a Union Jack appearance. Likewise brand-new are the looks of the light alloy wheels and the logo design, plus it’ll boast new piano-black accents and 3 brand-new colors– Emerald Grey metal, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metal– and available logo design projectors on the side mirrors.
2019 Mini Convertible Interior
Inside, the Mini Convertible will likewise keep its standard styling. But it will get a few brand-new touches, including new optional leather surfaces, piano black accents, a new basic 6.5-inch display with an optimized interface, basic Bluetooth connectivity, a brand-new optional 8.8-inch display with navigation and a brand-new interface, and optional cordless charging.
2019 Mini Convertible Engine
The under-hood bits will remain 100% unchanged 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. 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. Finally, the John Cooper Works model pushes the 2.0-liter engine to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The Mini Convertible didn’t undergo its own IIHS testing, however its Hardtop sibling did. As a subcompact, the Mini Hardtop actually succeeds 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” ranking, dropping it from contention for a Top Safety Pick ranking. Without any changes to the headlight function in the new year, don’t look for these scores to change.
2019 Mini Convertible Pricing & Release Date
There is no expected release date for the 2019 Mini Convertible yet, but stay tuned for updates. With changes being minimal, we don’t anticipate pricing to go much greater than the 2018 Convertible’s MSRP range, which is $28,800 to $38,950 (destination charges included). The Mini Convertible’s competition will consist of the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.