Now engineers from BMW’s small car brand name are out evaluating a model for an updated Convertible. Because the current Mini Convertible just went on sale a year ago, expect only minimal changes for the updated model.
Seen here testing in Germany in Cooper S Convertible guise, the placement of camouflaging on the car reveals that the mid-life update for the 2019 model will include brand-new surrounds for its headlights and tailights, in addition to new day running lights. There are also some small changes to Cooper S body trim.
2019 Mini Convertible Design
The prototype is for the Cooper S Convertible, and evaluating by the camouflage equipment it uses we can expect some small revisions to the lights and bumpers. Comparable changes must feature on the base Cooper and high-performance John Cooper Works versions, too.
BMW has stayed tight-lipped on exactly what technical upgrades to anticipate, however the model, which is built on the firm’s UKL1 platform, will likely receive improved chauffeur help features that will be carried throughout from BMW models.
The existing car is provided with a Driver Assistance Package that includes adaptive cruise control, parking assist with automated steering and, for the convertible, a rain caution function that signals drivers of approaching bad weather if they park with the roofing system down.
The 2019 Mini Convertible is most likely to be geared up with updated versions of these systems, together with BMW’s most current driver help technology, including lane keep help technology and pedestrian detection systems.
2019 Mini Convertible Engine
Under the hood, the present inline-3 and -4 powertrain offerings ought to carry over, perhaps with tweaks for enhanced performance and efficiency. At the top of the range will stay the John Cooper Works Convertible which in existing guise provides 228 horse power and 236 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4.
It’s uncertain Mini will add the plug-in hybrid powertrain debuting in the 2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman to the Convertible.
2019 Mini Convertible Release Date
Search for the updated Mini Convertible to show up in mid-2018, as a 2019 model.