2018 facelift adds drivetrain upgrades and new features

Affordable convertibles have been dropping like flies in recent years, including the Volkswagen Eos, Chrysler 200 Convertible and Nissan Murano CC. But, drop-top lovers need not worry, as there are plenty of exciting convertibles still on the market. One of them is the Mini Cooper Convertible, which received a redesign for 2016 and a mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year.

The Cooper Convertible is based on the Hardtop model, so there aren’t any surprises in terms of exterior styling, interior design or powertrain. Much like its predecessor, the current Mini Cooper Convertible comes with numerous customization options, which give it a playful personality that surpasses that of the Fiat 500. The new drop-top arrived in dealerships with the option of three engines in Europe and two in the U.S., but a couple of diesel engines were also made available. For 2018, the compact gained significant updates inside and out and a few revisions plus new transmissions under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini Cooper Convertible.

  • 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    134 @ 4400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    162 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    128 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Even after a major redesign for 2014, it still takes a trained eye to spot the differences between the three generations of the current Mini Cooper. Whether that’s an advantage or a flaw is a matter of personal opinion, but this new design is far more engaging than the previous models with a more expressive front end and less of a slab-sided appearance. For the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible, the biggest year-over-year change might be the more rounded rear end. This look not only takes some of the awkwardness out of the soft top when it is folded, but it also creates more room for luggage in the trunk.

*** For the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible, the biggest year-over-year change might be the more rounded rear end ***

The Mini Convertible can be had in a choice of 11 exterior colors that include the new Caribbean Aqua, which is inspired from the palette of the classic Mini. Melting Silver, which was recently introduced on the new Mini Clubman, is also available for the cabriolet.

Design changes aside, the third-gen Mini Convertible is also significantly bigger than its predecessor. The drop-top is 151.1 inches long and 68 inches wide, while its wheelbase measures 98.2 inches. Compared to the previous model, it’s 4.5 inches longer and 1.7 inch wider, while the wheelbase is 1.1 inch longer. The front and rear tracks are also wider. The height of the Mini is the only figure that remained unchanged at 55.7 inches.

Granted, a bigger Mini Convertible means improved practicality, enhanced legroom and shoulder room, and a larger trunk, but it also means that the new Mini is no longer the small economy car that Sir Alec Issigonis envision in the 1950s. Just for reference, the original mini was 40 inches shorter and 13 inches narrower.

2018 Mid-Cycle Update

*** The headlamps and taillights can now be had with LED technology ***

Although the shape and size of the Cooper Convertible remain unchanged, there are a few noticeable updates to talk about. Up front, the compact gained revised headlamps. In the standard halogen headlights, Mini added a black panel for a stronger accents with the light bulbs and the chrome. Meanwhile, the optional LED headlamps have a new design of the light sources with daytime running lights and the turn indicators generated by a ring which surrounds the entire contour of the headlamp. Finally, the compact gets adaptive LED headlamps as an option. These automatically adjust their brightness to the situation on the road.

Around back, the new taillights have a Union Jack design. The flag motif is nicely integrated in the structure of the light functions. The turn indicators are horizontally arranged, the brake lights are vertically aligned, while the taillight represents the diagonal lines of the British flag. All light sources forming the Union Jack graphic use LED technology for a more harmonious effect.

*** A redesigned logo and new wheel options round off the updates ***

The logo was also redesigned, or reduced to the essentials according to Mini. It now features a two-dimensional flat design that’s supposed to reflect key brand values such as "driving fun, distinctive design, premium quality, and emotional appeal."

Other additions include new alloys wheels and a "Mini" logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side. The Convertible is also available in three new exterior colors, including Emerald Grey Metallic, Starlight Blue Metallic, and Solaris Orange Metallic. The Piano Black Exterior adds black trim for the headlamps, taillights, and radiator grille. This option replaces chrome with high-gloss black.

Exterior Dimensions

Mini Cooper Mini Cooper S
Length 151.1 Inches 151.9 Inches
Width 68 Inches 68 Inches
Height 55.7 Inches 55.7 Inches
Wheelbase 98.2 Inches 98.2 Inches
Front track 59.1 Inches 58.5 Inches
Rear track 59.1 Inches 58.5 Inches

Interior

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With the exception of a more cramped rear seating area, the Mini Cooper Convertible’s interior carries over mostly unchanged from the third-generation Hardtop. The big advantage will be the size difference this new convertible will have over its predecessor. The extra 1.1 inch of wheelbase provides a little extra wiggle room for the rear-seat occupants.

*** The new soft-top features multi-way settings, including a sunroof option that enables the roof to open midway for just the right amount of sun ***

The new soft-top features multi-way settings, including a sunroof option that enables the roof to open midway for just the right amount of sun. The "Always Open Timer" will provide drivers with the ability to calculate the number of hours they’ve driven with the top down. It’s not the most useful feature you can get in a drop-top, but I guess some customers will appreciate it.

Like the coupe, the Convertible will come standard with the Mini Connected infotainment system and a 6.5-inch display. A bigger 8.8-inch screen is available on the options list and it includes navigation and a rain warning app that warns drivers of impending storms.

In the customization department, the redesigned interior benefits from number of premium seating options, including a new Malt Brown leather upholstery with diamond-stitching reminiscent of classic English Chesterfield sofas. The brand also offers the new Mini Yours soft-top featuring an embroidered Union Jack flag with herringbone patterned detailing.

2018 Mid-Cycle Update

*** The facelift adds more leather options ***

The facelift adds a few new features inside the cabin as well. One highlight is the extended range of leather trim for the seats, dashboard, and door panels. Mini also upgraded all the other materials inside the cabin. The multifunction steering wheel was revised, as was the 6.5-inch touchscreen that now includes USB and Bluetooth as standard. The navigation system and the wireless charging port are optional.

Another addition is the Mini Yours Customised program, which enables the customer to create a unique interior. The Yours Interior Style Piano Black is now available with illumination and various elements, like the door panels and center console, finished in Piano Black. The program adds retrofit production with designs that can be created by customers themselves, including side scuttles, deorative strips, door sill finishers, and LED door projectors.

*** The Mini Yours Customised program enables you to create your own features ***

Mini Yours Customised products can be selected, designed and ordered through a specially created online shop at www.yours-customised.mini. Here you can choose between various colors, patterns, surface structures and icons, as well as add texts and your personal style to the design. The individualized products are manufactured using innovative production techniques such as various 3D printing methods and laser engraving, so quality is top notch no matter how small or detailed the feature you create is.

Drivetrain

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The new Mini Convertible will cross the pond to the U.S. with two gasoline engines. The entry-level unit is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder rated at 134 turbocharged horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. When mated to the six-speed manual, the base Cooper Convertible will hit 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. With the six-speed Steptronic automatic, the benchmark drops to 8.2 ticks. Due to the extra weight, the drop-top is 0.9 second slower than the coupe. Top speed sits at 128 mph.

*** Due to the extra weight, the drop-top is 0.9 second slower than the coupe ***

Should you go for the Cooper S model, the cabriolet will have a 2.0-liter four-pot under the hood. The four-banger cranks out 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of twist and pushes the Convertible from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds with the manual and 6.7 ticks with the convertible. That’s three tenths of a second slower than the Hardtop model. Top speed for this model is 142 mph.

In Europe, the Cooper Convertible will also get a diesel engine in the form of 1.5-liter three-pot making 116 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. This unit won’t be offered in the U.S. at first, but it could come Stateside in 2017.

Just like the hatchback version, the Convertible uses BMW’s new front-wheel-drive platform, dubbed the UKL. This new platform features lightweight technologies from BMW’s i series, and offers electronically adjustable dampers, so drivers can dial in the suspension for their particular driving style.

2018 Mid-Cycle Update

*** All engines have been upgraded, with the base 1.5-liter three-cylinder now using revised turbochargers ***

The facelift brings updates under the hood too. All engines have been upgraded, with the base 1.5-liter three-cylinder now using revised turbochargers, electronics, intake, cooling, and exhaust system. The engines weight was also reduced by using carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFRP) plastic covers. The CFRP is made from recycled carbon-fiber leftovers from the production of BMW i3 and i8 cars, which is really cool. Pressure for the direct injection was increased from 200 to 350 bar.

The unit powering the One First and One trims generates the same 134 horsepower, but while the first one cranks out 118 pound-feet, a seven-pound-foot increase over the outgoing model, the new version generates 140 pound-feet. Both engines are supposed to deliver enhanced fuel economy, but EPA figures aren’t yet available. The diesel 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines also benefit from increased direct injection pressure.

*** Mini now offers a seven-speed Steptronic gearbox with double clutch ***

The six-speed manual transmission carries over unchanged, but Mini now offers a seven-speed Steptronic gearbox with double clutch. Available for all models but the One First, it has fast gearshifts for sporty acceleration and operated using a newly designed electronic gear selector lever. It also includes a coasting function in the modes "Mid" and "Green" as well as the company’s latest auto start/stop function.

The diesel models get the eight-speed Steptronic gearbox as standard. Mini claims that this transmission is unique in the small car segment and allows the output of the most powerful diesel engine to be transferred to the front wheels in a "particularly sporty and harmonious manner." This gearbox is also operated by means of an electronic gear selector lever, while an 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with shift paddles is available as an option.

Drivetrain Specifications

Mini Cooper Mini Cooper S
Engine Type Inline 3-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology, turbocharged and direct injected Inline 4-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology, turbocharged and direct injected
Displacement 1.499 cm³ 1,998 cm³
Engine power 134 HP @ 4,400 RPM 189 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Engine torque 162 LB-FT @ 1,250 RPM 207 LB-FT @ 1,250 RPM
0-60 mph 8.2 seconds (automatic)/8.3 seconds (manual) 6.7 seconds (automatic)/6.8 seconds (manual)
Top speed 128 MPH 142 MPH

Safety

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The Mini Cooper Convertible comes with many standard safety features, including frontal, side, and knee airbags for both the driver and the front passenger. Other features include ABS, Cornering Brake Control, EBD, self-drying brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, and a crash sensor that automatically turns on hazard lights, interior lights, and unlocks doors.

Prices

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The Mini Cooper Convertible starts from $26,700 for the 2017 model year. There’s no pricing information for the updated, 2018-model-year version, but it should cost a bit more than the outgoing model.

Competitors

Fiat 500C

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The new Fiat 500 is one of the best sold small cars in the U.S., despite being a relatively young model. Its success is unsurprising, as it boasts a unique look, is compact and fun to drive, and it’s relatively cheap. Just like with its coupe brother, the 500C is powered by a 1.4-liter engine that delivers a total of 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 97 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Fiat 500C is priced from $16,490.

Read our driven review of the Fiat 500C (https://www.topspeed.com/cars/fiat/2017-fiat-500cdriven-ar177868.html)

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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Volkswagen Beetle is a fringe competitor at best, as it is slightly larger than both the 500C and the Cooper Convertible. The Beetle is offered with a choice of two engines. The 1.8T and Classic trims feature a 170 horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder, while the range-topping R-Line model uses a 210 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-banger. Prices start from $25,440 for the base model.

Read our full review of the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.

Conclusion

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After the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Mini Cooper Convertible is by far one of the most exciting convertibles on the market for the money — especially in the more performance-oriented models. Although its bigger dimensions might be a turn off to Mini purists, younger drivers are likely to appreciate its new size and the increased legroom and cargo space that come with it.

  • Leave it
    • * Soft top still bunches up awkwardly when retracted
    • * New design is still hard to differentiate from previous-gen Coopers
    • * A bit expensive

Spy Shots

May 13, 2015 - Spy photos MINI Cooper S Convertible Driving Open Top

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Press Release

The British premium automobile manufacturer strengthens the progressive character and appeal of its models in the small car segment with a stylishly refined visual appearance and extensive technological advancements. The update for the MINI 3 door (combised fuel consumption: 6.0 – 3.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 138 – 99 g/km), the MINI 5 door (combined fuel consumption: 6.2 – 3.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 101 g/km) and the MINI Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.3 – 4.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 144 – 111 g/km) includes fresh design accentuations, innovations in the field of drive technology, additional customisation options and an expansion of the digital services available as part of MINI Connected.

The upgrading of the original product substance in the premium segment of small cars highlights the mature yet distinctive charisma of MINI, which in its current model generation is now available for the first time with three body types for hallmark driving fun in urban traffic. This is due to such elements as the new engine-transmission combinations, an extended range of standard features, newly designed headlights and rear lights, additional body finishes and cutting-edge connectivity technology for convenience and infotainment.

MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door, MINI Convertible: overview of new features.

• LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam.
• LED rear lights in Union Jack design.
• New MINI logo, new body finishes, Piano Black exterior.
• New light alloy wheels.
• Extended range of leather trim, interior surfaces and Colour Lines.
• Unique individualisation with MINI Yours Customised.
• Further developed engines with enhanced efficiency as well as increased capacity and torque for MINI One and MINI One First.
• 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch, 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
• Multifunction steering wheel and radio with 6.5-inch colour screen, USB and Bluetooth interface as standard.
• Optional radio and navigation systems with touchscreen monitor.
• Telephony with wireless charging.
• MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side.
• MINI Connected and MINI Connected XL with new functions.

Bright and dazzle-free: adaptive LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam.

A modified design for the characteristic circular headlights make the hallmark front view of the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible even more powerfully expressive. In the standard halogen headlights, a striking accentuation is added by means of a black panel. In the LED headlights available as optional equipment items, the high-quality technology is underscored by means of an entirely newly design of the light sources. 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,

Likewise optionally available, the adaptive LED headlights automatically adjust their brightness to the situation on the road. When driving through a city or in the event of limited visibility due to the weather, it is possible to add in the dimmed turning light so as to intensify illumination of the side section of the roadway. Meanwhile a specifically increased range of the low beam ensures optimum illumination of the road when driving on the motorway.

The adaptive LED headlights now also feature an automatic selective dip function for the high beam. The innovative Matrix technology for the high beam increases visibility range while at the same time avoiding any dazzle effect for other road users. For this purpose it is divided into four horizontally arranged segments, which are activated and deactivated independently of one another at speeds of over 70 km/h. The high beam segments are controlled based on the situation on the road. As soon as the MINI front camera registers an oncoming vehicle or a vehicle driving ahead, the space that vehicle occupies is only illuminated at low beam brightness. This is done by deactivation of the Matrix high beam segments that are responsible for the space in question. The remaining areas of the road continue to be illuminated at high beam brightness.

Very British: rear lights in Union Jack design.

The rear lights also feature a new design in conjunction with the LED headlights and the adaptive LED headlights. As a clear reference to the brand’s British origins, the upright light units at the rear of the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible now appear in a Union Jack design.

The striking flag motif is recreated in the structure of the light functions. The turn indicators are horizontally arranged and the brake lights are vertically aligned, with the tail light additionally representing the diagonal lines of the British flag. In order to ensure a particularly harmonious lighting effect, all light sources forming the Union Jack graphic use LED technology.

New MINI logo: reduced to the essentials.

The new MINI logo is clear and authentic in style, appearing on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, central instrument display and remote control in all models. It is a re-interpretation of the existing logo and now features a two-dimensional "flat design". As such, the MINI logo reflects the new brand identity with its focus on the essentials – namely key values such as driving fun, distinctive design, premium quality and emotional appeal.

Three new body finishes, premiere for Piano Black Exterior.

The range of body finishes available for the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible includes three variants. The colours Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic and Solaris Orange metallic are now also included in the program.

What is more, the list of optional equipment items features an additional means of customising the exterior design. With the option Piano Black Exterior, the surrounds of the headlights, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome.

The selection of optionally available light alloy wheels has been expanded, too. The 17-inch light alloy wheels in the design styles Roulette Spoke 2-tone and Propeller Spoke 2-tone are now available for all body variants of the new MINI. The likewise 17-inch light alloy wheels in Rail Spoke 2-tone design have also been newly added to the program.

New leather trims, interior surfaces and Colour Lines.

A broad selection of seat surfaces, interior surfaces and Colour Lines add a touch of individual style to the interior of the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible. New features for the MINI 3 door and the MINI 5 door include the Chester leather trim in Malt Brown and a Colour Line now also available in Malt Brown.

In addition, the option MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black is now available with illumination. As well as surfaces in the area of the doors and centre console finished in Piano Black, this also includes a rear-lit decorative strip for the instrument panel on the passenger side. The latter is likewise finished in Piano Black as well as bearing a stylised Union Jack motif. The colour of the background lighting for the decorative strip is the same as the mood of the ambient lighting selected by the driver as part of the MINI Excitement Package.

Maximum individualisation: MINI Yours Customised.

The MINI Yours Customised program now raises hallmark brand individualisation to a whole new level. It includes retrofit products whose design can be created by customers themselves, which are then produced precisely according to these individual specifications. The MINI Yours Customised range includes side scuttles, decorative strips for the interior on the passenger side, LED door sill finishers and LED door projectors.

MINI Yours Customised products can be selected, designed and ordered through a specially created online shop (www.yours-customised.mini). Here customers can choose between various colours, patterns, surface structures and icons, as well as contributing their own texts and adding a touch of personal style to the design. This creative interaction between manufacturer and customer enables MINI fans to turn their vehicle into a unique specimen that bears the stamp of their own personality. The individualised products are manufactured using innovative production techniques such as various 3D printing methods and laser engraving.

Drive: increased driving fun and efficiency, reduced weight.

A detailed revision of the engines offered for the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible mainly benefits driving fun. It also leads to a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 figures by as much as five per cent, as well as optimising emissions so as to be able to comply with the more rigorous exhaust emission standards of the future. Further development has been applied across the board, including the basic engine, MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling system and the exhaust systems. It was also possible to reduce the weight of the drive units. The engine covers are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), so they are now lighter, too. The material used to make them is carbon fibre recyclate generated in the production of BMW i automobiles.

The 3-cylinder petrol engines of the MINI One First and the MINI One now draw their power from a capacity of 1.5 litres. This increases maximum torque by 10 Nm, taking it to 160 and 190 Nm respectively. In addition, all petrol engines feature petrol direct injection with the maximum pressure increased from 200 to 350 bar and turbocharger blades made of highly heat-resilient material. The common rail direct injection in the diesel engines ensures that fuel is fed to the combustion chambers with even greater precision. For this purpose, the maximum injection pressure in the 3-cylinder engines of the MINI One D and the MINI Cooper D has been increased to 2 200 bar and in the 4-cylinder of the MINI Cooper SD to 2 500 bar. What is more, the most powerful of the three diesel engines is now fitted with dual-level turbocharging.

New: 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch, 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

As an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is optionally available for the models MINI One, MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper D. The new transmission type is characterised by very fast gearshifts, enabling extremely sporty acceleration manoeuvres without torque interrupt. It is operated using a newly designed electronic gear selector lever. A 7-speed Steptronic sports transmission with double clutch is also available for the MINI Cooper S. This includes shift paddles at the steering wheel for particularly spontaneous manual intervention in the choice of gear.

The MINI Cooper SD now comes with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. This 8-speed automatic transmission is unique in the small car segment and allows the output of the most powerful diesel engine to be transferred to the front wheels in a particularly sporty and harmonious manner. The 8-speed Steptronic transmission is also operated by means of an electronic gear selector lever, while an 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with shift paddles is likewise available as an option.

All Steptronic transmissions available for the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible allow use of the coasting function in MID and GREEN mode as well as the latest generation of the auto start/stop function. Navigation and front camera data can now be incorporated in the control of the latter, too. If the vehicle is fitted accordingly, this allows situations to be identified in which it is better not to switch off the engine: for example when stopping briefly before making a turn or entering a roundabout, or if the traffic ahead has started moving again.

New steering wheel with multifunction buttons and radio with 6.5-inch colour screen as standard.

The newly designed three-spoke steering wheel in the MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and MINI Convertible now features multifunction buttons. On the left-hand control panel it is possible to activate the Speed Limit Device to set a maximum speed, while the audio and communication controls are on the right-hand side. A sports leather steering wheel, a MINI Yours sports leather steering wheel and a John Cooper Works leather steering wheel are optionally available.

The standard trim also includes an audio system with 6.5-inch colour screen in the central instrument and mobile phone integration via Bluetooth. The Control Display offers a touchscreen function in conjunction with the optional Radio MINI Visual Boost and a navigation system.

New options: telephony with wireless charging, MINI logo projection.

The innovative optional equipment for the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible includes telephony with wireless charging option. A storage compartment integrated in the centre armrest enables wireless charging of mobile phones which offer this capability. This option also includes a second USB socket in the front section of the centre console.

The optional MINI Excitement Package now also includes the MINI logo projection on the driver’s side. When the vehicle is opened and closed, the new MINI logo is projected onto the ground in front of the door from a light source in the exterior mirror and can be seen there for 20 seconds, or permanently if the door is left open.

MINI Connected: a range of digital services that is unique within the segment.

With the new MINI Connected functions, MINI offers a diverse range of digital services at premium level that is unique in the small car segment. New features include Real Time Traffic Information and the automatic navigation map update via mobile phone connection, the personal Concierge Service and the vehicle internet portal MINI Online with news, weather and fuel price overview. There is also an optional preparation for Apple CarPlay.

The new services are available in three packages. The option Connected Media includes digital infotainment facilities that can be used with the Radio MINI Visual Boost, while Connected Navigation turns the MINI navigation system into an intelligently networked information centre. The Connected Navigation Plus package includes all the MINI Connected XL functions.

The personal mobility assistant MINI Connected now enables drivers of the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible to integrate their vehicle and mobility planning seamlessly into their day-to-day digital routine. Meanwhile the MINI Connected App provides connectivity with digital touchpoints such as a smartphone or smart watch. For example, MINI Connected can draw on calendar entries and contact data entered in a smartphone to plan a route and determine the ideal time to set off based on real time traffic data. The Send to Car function enables planned routes to be sent to the MINI navigation system, while Remote Services allow the driver not just to display vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their digital end device, but also activate the headlight flasher, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function.

Intelligent networking of the MINI is via a SIM card integrated in the vehicle: this now complies with the mobile communications standard 4G. It also enables the use of MINI Teleservices and the Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic detection of vehicle location and accident severity.

Services now available in the new MINI 3 door, the new MINI 5 door and the new MINI Convertible for the first time also include MINI Find Mate. This consists of so-called tags with a wireless tracking function that can be attached to frequently used objects and travel items such as bags, cases, key rings and rucksacks. Their position can not only be displayed on the on-board computer but also in the MINI Connected App on a smartphone. In this way, MINI Find Mate helps prevent personal items getting lost or left behind.

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