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2019 MINI Convertible: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 12, 2018
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Model Preview

Back in 2016, Mini debuted the third-generation Cooper Convertible, but its changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary. For 2018, this new-look Cooper Convertible took on a slightly different name: Mini Convertible. Now, as we near the 2019 model year, Mini has announced a series of upgrades that’ll make the Convertible look and feel just a bit different.

Visually, the 2019 Mini Convertible will retain all the general design cues of the current model, but there will be small differences. First, the headlights will be slightly tweaked, as the halogen units will boast a new black accent and new optional LED signature design. Around back, the LED taillights take on a Union Jack appearance. Also new are the looks of the light alloy wheels and the logo, plus it’ll boast new piano-black accents and three new colors -- Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic -- and available logo projectors on the side mirrors.

Inside, the Mini Convertible will also retain its basic styling. But it will get a few new touches, including new optional leather surfaces, piano black accents, a new standard 6.5-inch display with an optimized user interface, standard Bluetooth connectivity, a new optional 8.8-inch display with navigation and a new interface, and optional wireless charging.

2019 MINI Convertible

The under-hood bits will remain 100% unchanged in 2019, as the base engine will remain a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Move up to the Cooper S trim, and the engine grows to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the John Cooper Works model pushes the 2.0-liter engine to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

The Mini Convertible didn’t undergo its own IIHS testing, but its Hardtop sibling did. As a subcompact, the Mini Hardtop actually does well in IIHS crash tests, as it received “Good” marks in all bang-up testing. Where it slipped was the headlight test, in which it earned a “Poor” rating, dropping it from contention for a Top Safety Pick rating. With no changes to the headlight function in the new year, don’t look for these ratings to change.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no anticipated release date for the 2019 Mini Convertible yet, but stay tuned for updates.

With changes being minimal, we don’t expect pricing to go much higher than the 2018 Convertible’s MSRP range, which is $28,800 to $38,950 (destination fees included).

The Mini Convertible’s competition will include the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider.

Learn about the current Convertible on sale now »

Pictured: 2019 Convertible

2019 MINI Convertible

2019 MINI Convertible

2019 MINI Convertible

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