MINI’s third-generation hardtop has been on sale for more than a year now, so it’s only natural that the convertible version is just around the corner. A lightly camouflaged MINI Cooper Convertible was spotted in Germany during regular testing trials.
The new F57 MINI will follow the well-known formula: an automatic folding soft top, signature round headlights and compact proportions. Inside, the MINI Cabrio will retain the signature round clusters including the central display, but the with the driving information now being displayed on the instrument cluster mounted behind the steering wheel.
MINI’s entry-level 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivering approximately 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 lb-ft with overboost function) will also join the MINI convertible lineup. Those looking for more power can opt for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers 189 hp and 206 lb-ft (221 lb-ft with overboost). A more potent John Cooper Works model packing at least 228 hp and 236 lb-ft will arrive as well.
Expect the F57 to start production in November and its JCW variant in March 2016.