Mini is all set to debut the 2015 Convertible hatchback later this year. Based on the fourth generation Mini Cooper platform, the Convertible has just been spotted testing in Europe, ahead of a possible November 2015 debut. Mini sells the outgoing Convertible in India and the latest version is expected to arrive here sometime next year. Owing to low projected volumes, the next-generation drop top Mini is expected to continue being imported into India as a completely built unit (CBU), just like its predecessor. In terms of engines, the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol motor will find expression in the new car’s regular variants.
The high performance 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the Cooper S model may also be offered on higher variants of the Convertible. Looks wise, the 2015 version of the drop top model mimics the front end of the 2014 Cooper hatchback.
The roof gives way to a targa top, and the car is expected to be a four seater with the second row getting quite cramped owing to the boot serving to accommodate the top. However, the new model is likely to be more spacious than the outgoing version given the overall increase in dimensions of the 4th generation Cooper line up.
In terms of competition, the new drop top model will square off against the likes of the Fiat 500C and the Volkswagen Beetle Targa. The new car will be aimed at the fairer sex, who have thus far formed a major chunk of buyers for the first generation model. Meanwhile, the British purveyor of sporty hatchbacks has cut down on its vehicle line up, from 8 to 5. Apart from the Cooper and Cooper S models, the Convertible, Countryman and Clubman will be sold on the 4th generation UKL platform, which Mini shares with BMW’s front wheel driven cars.