• Mini Convertible debuts in PH


    CooperS20160517Available in Cooper S or Cooper S JCW variants

    Autohub Group, which manages the Mini brand in the Philippines, launched on May 5 the all-new Mini Convertible at its showroom in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

    The Convertible is effectively a three-door Mini Hatch with an electrically adjustable fabric roof, which the company said can be fully opened or closed in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour with the switch inside the car or, when the car is stationary, with the remote key. The company also said the roof comes with a sliding function that allows it to be moved back up to 40 centimeters, much like a sunroof.

    The Mini Convertible comes in two variants, the Cooper S and the John Cooper Works (JCW), which are both powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection inline-four mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with sequential-shift mode. The Cooper S produces 192 horsepower and 280 Newton-meters of torque (with up to 300 Nm in overboost), which gets it from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 228 kph. Meanwhile, the JCW produces 231 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque (up to 340 Nm in overboost), which is good for 0 to 100 kph in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 240 kph.

    Larger body means roomier cabin
    Much like the Hatch, the Convertible is slightly larger than its predecessor. The company said the new model is 121 millimeters longer, 44 millimeters wider and one millimeter taller than the old model, which makes the new car 3,850 millimeters long, 1,727 millimeters wide and 1,415 millimeters high. As a result, the company said knee room in the back of the Mini Convertible is up 40 millimeters, while getting into and out of the back seats has been improved with extended adjustments for the front seats.

    The company also said the Mini Convertible has a significantly larger trunk than the previous model, which can be accessed by a tailgate that is hinged at the bottom, reminiscent of the original Mini. In addition, the car gets split-folding rear seats, as well as the Easy Load function that allows the soft-top frame to be raised when the roof is closed.

    Adaptive suspension and speed-sensitive steering available
    In addition, the company said the new model features a longer wheelbase and a wider track than its predecessor, which works with the low center of gravity and the revised suspension for the car’s trademark “go-kart” handling. The company also said sports suspension is optional for both Convertible variants, although Dynamic Damper Control now comes standard on the JCW for the first time.

    The latter system has two program maps for the electronically controlled dampers. In this way, the Mini Driving Modes can be used to activate either a comfort-oriented response or a direct, sporty response to bumps in the road. Also, the electromechanical power steering includes speed-related Servotronic steering support for maximum precision when cornering at speed and for comfortable maneuvering at low speeds.

    Full range of driver aids
    The company also said numerous Driver Assistance Systems are available for the new Mini Convertible, such as the standard Park Distance Control with sensors at the rear of the car. Options include the Mini Head-Up Display, high-beam assistant, road-sign detection, the Parking Assistant, the Rear View Camera and the Driving Assistant system that includes camera-based collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function.

    In addition, the company said the program of special equipment includes LED headlights, LED foglights and the Mini Excitement Package, which includes an LED interior and ambient lighting, as well as a projection of the Mini logo onto the ground from the driver’s side exterior mirror when the car is opened. The Cooper S Convertible costs P3.15 million, while the John Cooper Works Convertible costs P3.95 million.


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