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Very Personally Yours: 2018 MINI Convertible

MINI strengthens the progressive character and appeal of the 2018 MINI Convertible with fresh design accentuations, innovations in the field of drive technology, additional customization options and an expansion of the digital services available as part of MINI Connected. This is due to such elements as an extended range of standard features, newly designed headlights and rear lights, additional body finishes and cutting-edge connectivity technology for convenience and infotainment.

Offered in Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, upgrades and enhancements for 2018 include: LED rear lights in Union Jack design; LED headlights; new MINI logo, new body finishes, Piano Black exterior; new light alloy wheels; extended range of leather trim, interior surfaces and Color Lines; unique individualization with MINI Yours Customized; multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch color screen, standard USB and Bluetooth interface; and MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver's side.

A modified design for the characteristic circular headlights make the hallmark front view of the new MINI Convertible even more powerfully expressive. In the standard halogen headlights, a striking accentuation is added by means of a black panel. The latest generation of the LED modules for low and high beam offers increased brightness. The LED daytime driving light and the turn indicator light are generated by a ring which surrounds the entire contour of the headlight.

The extensive range of exterior paint colors available for the MINI Convertible now adds three variants: Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic.

Base power is generated by a 1.5L three-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine. Cooper S models are outfitted with a more powerful 2.0L TwinPower turbo four-cylinder mill, while the performance-oriented John Cooper Works is equipped with a 2.0L High-Output Twin Power Turbo four-cylinder engine. Torque is communicated to the wheels for all three prime movers through a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic transmission is an available option.

Inside the passenger cabin, a broad selection of seat surfaces, interior surfaces and Color Lines add a touch of individual style to the interior of the MINI Convertible. Additionally, the new option MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black with illumination includes a backlit decorative panel on the passenger side of the dashboard, likewise finished in Piano Black as well as bearing a stylised Union Jack motif. The color of the backlighting matches the ambient lighting selected by the driver. This option also adds high-gloss Piano Black surfaces in the area of the doors and center console.

The MINI Yours Customized program raises hallmark brand individualization to a whole new level. It includes retrofit products that can be designed by customers themselves, which are then produced precisely according to these individual specifications. The MINI Yours Customized range will include side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors. MINI Yours Customized products can be designed and previewed through a specially created Online Customizer. Here customers can choose between various colors, patterns, surface structures and icons, as well as contributing their own texts and adding a touch of personal style to the design.

This offering enables MINI fans to turn their vehicle into a unique specimen that bears the stamp of their own personality. The individualized products are manufactured using innovative production techniques such as various 3D printing methods and laser engraving.

Dimensions & specifications
MINI Cooper
Wheelbase: 98.2; overall length: 151.1; width: 68.0; height: 55.7
MINI Cooper S
Wheelbase: 98.2; overall length: 151.9; width: 68.0; height: 55.7
John Cooper Works
Wheelbase: 98.2; overall length: 152.5; width: 68.0; height: 55.7

All vehicle measurements are in inches

Engine: 1.5L three-cylinder turbo – 134 hp at 4400 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 1250 rpm (Cooper); 2.0L four-cylinder turbo – 189 hp at 4700-6200 rpm and 207 lb-ft of torque at 1250 rpm (Cooper S); 2.0L four-cylinder turbo – 228 hp at 5200-6000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque at 1250 (John Cooper Works)
Transmission: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 1.5L – 28 city/37 hwy. (manual), 27 city/35 hwy. (automatic); 2.0L turbo – Cooper S - 23 city/32 hwy. (manual), 25 city/33 hwy. (automatic); 2.0L four-cylinder – John Cooper Works – 22 city/31 hwy. (manual), 25 city/33 hwy. (automatic).
Cargo capacity: 7.0 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, electronic brake distribution, brake drying, pre-brake, cornering brake control, active rollover protection bar, hill start assist, push-button engine start, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitors, remote keyless entry, side-impact door beams, all season traction control, dynamic stability control, rear park distance control, rearview camera, rain sensor, and automatic headlamps.

Optional safety features include Bluetooth hands free phone system, alarm system, rear fog lamps, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, limited slip differential, parking assist, navigation system, LED headlights, and MINI Connected XL.

Basic: 5-year/60,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper
Powertrain: 10-year/100,000 mile
Corrosion: 7-year/100,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/60,000 mile 24-hour
The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 MINI Convertible starts from $26,700 for the Cooper, $30,400 for the Cooper S, and $36,600 for the John Cooper Works. Destination charges add $850.

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