The latest convertible from the Mini stable is all set to be unveiled at the 2016 Tokyo Motor show and in order to build up to the grand launch, the company has released pictures of the car. The new Mini Cooper Convertible looks great from its new images and has a fully electric roof as well as an advanced rollover protection system which helps keep occupants safe by detecting possible rollovers.
The car will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-liter diesel variant. The engines will come mated to a six speed gearbox to be offered in both manual and auto options. In addition to this, shift paddles have been mounted on the steering wheel in the automatic option. Traction control as well as electronic differential lock has been provided as a standard feature across models.
The car has also been increased in terms of dimensions slightly and also has an increase in terms of wheelbase. The Cooper convertible will also be heavier this time around and the top will take about 18 seconds to deploy. In addition to these features, the car will also have a 6.5 inch infotainment screen as well as a USB audio connection. The car will also have reversing camera as well as rear parking distance control.
The Mini is likely to hit showrooms in UK by March 2016 and is likely to come to India later in the year.
Just last month we Indians were initiated with one of the world’s first title in BMW’s long vying history, claiming to be the only destination outside Europe which had received permission to produce Mini “locally”; and though we also hadn’t let the hair down of those German officials, had successfully rolled out first batch of (locally produced) Mini Cooper from BMW’s Chennai facility in India.
Naming the model plates it was revealed, Mini Cooper D Countryman and Mini Cooper D Countryman High of diesel variants, whilst of Mini One Countryman in petrol variant are the names which have been selected for going with local production whereas the rest of them to continue on their existing CBU routes. Mini One Countryman is the lowest priced Mini in the repertoire of carmaker here, standing thoughtfully at a band of Rs. 23,50,000, luring Indians in way that German officials had to think over their stratified workouts.
As learnt, the Chennai facility ofBMW not only produces Mini in its vastly spread acres but also the famous names like 3 Series, 5 Series, X1 and X3 bears “Made in India” tag on their shoulder proudly. The newly launched 7 Series facelift is also the latest entrant in kitty of local production.
The picture which one can over here is of the same and is captured actually there itself, hence no chances of rumor mill churning here. Meanwhile, till this “locally produced” lot reaches showrooms one check out the pricing list of all the Minis mentioned below:
BMW, the world famous luxury car maker, has been providing a lot of subtle hints to its Indian consumers on the aspect of launching its Mini brand in the Indian market. It now seems that the BMW Mini is coming to India sooner than expected and may be launched in the country on the 4th of January. Thus, the vehicle seems to have upset all calculations that auto experts had been making on its prospective launch at the Auto Expo 2012 to be held in Delhi, which incidentally starts on the 7th of January. BMW has taken the decision of projecting the BMW Mini as a completely separate entity, a move that could prove successful in the market. In fact, the auto maker has identified two exclusive new dealerships for these cars, which are located in Mumbai and Delhi.
It is expected that the BMW Mini will be offered at a price, which will be around the Rs.25 Lacs mark. This fact has given the company more reasons of having the vehicles introduced through sales outlets that are located in the top metropolitan cities of India. BMW has always maintained a singular strategic focus with respect to the Mini for the Indian market. The vehicle has been primarily aimed for enhancing its brand image and the company does not target to achieve large volumes from this brand in Indian markets. The volume based targets have been reserved for the comparatively lower priced Mini-One that is being offered to global markets. However, in lines with its commitment, the company is targeting the premium segment of hatchbacks in India, which does not have much brand presence, by bringing in its Mini Cooper. The BMW Mini branded cars have been subjected to a lot of changes over time and it also seems literally inappropriate for terming it as the “Mini”. The cars have always been high on the popularity charts and have been equipped with high performance petrol engines.
The Mini Cooper that is going to be launched in India is going to face competition from the Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500. It has been one year since BMW hinted about the probable launch of the Mini into the Indian market. President, BMW India, Andreas Schaaf had talked about this for the first time at the Auto Expo of 2011.
There have always been trend setters in every field. The automobile industry is not exceptional to this fact. If there is a vehicle in the auto industry that epitomizes trendy cool styling, it is the MINI Cooper. Car lovers in India have plenty to rejoice as the MINI Cooper makes its way to the Indian market.
Market Dynamics in India seem to indicate that the country is not ready to accept small cars having premium pricing but persons at the helm of BMW, who own the MINI, seem to differ in opinion. The manufacturers view India as one big, unexplored market and are even going to the extent of undertaking feasibility studies to explore the possibility of assembling this vehicle locally at their Chennai factory. This exercise, of course, is aimed at increasing the affordability of this vehicle compared to the fully imported Beetle by Volkswagen.
MINI will start of its Indian adventure by launching the Cooper hatchback. The design of the Cooper has the stamp of MINI and the retro styled interiors consisting of big dials amplify this aspect. Though the vehicle is termed as a four-seater, the seat space at the rear is minimal thereby making this three-door vehicle to fit in two occupants for best comforts.
The convertible will follow the footsteps of the Cooper hatchback in coming to India. This will again be followed by the countryman crossover. All the three minis that will enter the Indian market will have 1.6 liter diesel and petrol engines.
Engine: 1.6 liter diesel and petrol engines.
Kerb Weight will be 1165 kg.
Dimensions: Length of 3723 mm, Width of 1913 mm and Height of 1407 mm.
The petrol variant will have power/torque 122bhp/16.3kgm whereas the diesel variant will have 112bhp/25.5kgm.
The vehicle is expected to be priced at Rs.12 lakh.
The expected launch in India would be around mid 2012.
Good news for car fans. President, Dr. Andreas Schaaf, BMW India, has been persuading top officials at BMW to launch the Mini Cooper in India, and the time has come, for the car’s heading towards India soon. The Mini Cooper would be launched by BMW at some point next year. The variants heading for India are still not known, but the probability of the Mini Cooper coming to India is more.
The Mini Cooper’s inception was in 1959. British Leyland formerly owned the brand. At some point, they sold it to Rover Group, then British Aerospace and finally BMW AG bought it.
Indian market for premium hatches hasn’t been favourable and BMW already knows that and expects small volume sales when it launches the Mini here. Even Volkswagen and Fiat have been through the same situation when it came to selling their Beetle and Fiat 500 respectively. The Fiat 500 was very well received in Europe, but didn’t do that well in India. The Fiat 500 costs less than the Beetle. This could be due to not promoting the car extensively through advertising.
India’s car market is heading for a slow but gradual change from that perspective. Companies like Merc are launching their B-Class next year in June and Audi too is not far behind as they’re planning to launch Audi A3.