Mini will introduce the next generation of its celebrated four-seat convertible at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Joining the 2009 Mini Convertibles on the show floor is the Mini E, the first electric car deployed by a manufacturer of premium automobiles for private use in daily traffic. This was previously seen at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2008 and was covered in the News pages at www.eurotuner.com
The new 2009 Mini Convertible embodies the thrill of open-air motoring in unmistakably Mini style. Raising the high standard set by its predecessor, the new Convertible features improvements in design, quality, handling, performance, efficiency and functionality. The first Mini Convertibles will be delivered March 28, 2009.
A sliding roof allows the driver to automatically open and close the soft top while the car travels up to 20mph. The "Openometer" records the time spent travelling with the roof down.
Central safety electronics activate a new electro-mechanical roll bar in the event of a rollover. The innovative safety bar allows for optimum visibility to the rear and sides, while the Mini avoids rollovers via run-flat tires, tire pressure monitoring and a sophisticated stability system.
An optional loading storage system between the luggage and passenger compartments expands cargo space. The easy-load system includes an expanded luggage compartment opening, seat backrests that can be folded down and locked into position, and a pivoting, two-position shelf for packages.
A new generation of four-cylinder gasoline engines feature 1.6 liter engines. The Mini Cooper Convertible produces 118hp from its naturally aspirated version with variable valve management; the Mini Cooper S delivers 172hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection. Both engine variants are equipped with technical features that maximize fuel economy and minimize emissions.
The suggested retail price for the Mini Cooper Convertible is $24550, with the Mini Cooper S Convertible costing $27450 including $650 destination and handling charge.