MINI, the most sophisticated compact premium automotive brand in Malaysia today introduced the New MINI Convertible as part of its celebrations of the 60th birthday of MINI in the country.
“The first MINI Convertible with an all-electric soft top debuted at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show with the brand’s hallmark proportions, characteristic agility and clever functionality. To this day, the MINI Convertible is coveted for its stylish open-top driving excitement, non-stop thrill behind the wheel and complete with its unique go-kart drive feeling. In 2019, the New MINI Convertible returns to Malaysia in special numbers to celebrate the 60th Birthday of MINI,” said Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.
Hoelzl added that in the lead up to the 60th Year Celebrations of MINI, MINI Malaysia has been dropping hints, sweets and treats such as the 60 Months MINI Service + Repair Inclusive Program as well as other surprises which will be unveiled in the months to come.
The New MINI Convertible features fresh design accentuations, innovations in the field of drive technology and an expansion of digital services available as part of MINI Connected. The new generation MINI Connected with built-in 4G SIM technology offers extensive connectivity capabilities and personalised services to maximise safety and convenience.
The hallmark driving fun in the New MINI Convertible is attributed to elements such as the new engine-transmission combination, an extended range of standard features, newly designed headlights and taillights, additional body finishes as well as cutting-edge connectivity technology for convenience and infotainment. The New MINI Convertible will only be available in 20 units.
Distinctive design with a stylish touch.
Taking great pride in MINI’s heritage, the Union Jack from the MINI Yours design portfolio is woven into the fabric of the roof on the New MINI Convertible. The soft top opens electrically within 18 seconds even with the car moving at up to 30km/h. When the top is closed, the multiple layers of fabric make for excellent sound insulation and provides comfort in long journeys. The electrically-powered soft top is also uniquely different to other offerings in the automotive market in that it is a quiet, intelligent Z-folding mechanism which can operate in three stages of open, closed or sunroof to let the breeze in.
The New MINI Convertible is equipped with LED headlights and taillights, both of which feature stunning designs. The LED headlights have a clean, modern edge design. The daytime running lights incorporate LED indicators which blink in an eye-catching full circle. Powered by Bi-LED lights, the front beams ensure better vision and greater safety. The taillights, on the other hand, feature the eye-catching Union Jack design to portray MINI’s rich heritage. A chrome frame surrounds the two-part LED Union Jack taillights to further convey modern driving.
Exclusively for the New MINI Convertible are the 17” Rail Spoke design in burnish Jet Black with runflat tyres to add a stylish and modern design to the car. The New MINI Convertible also comes with the Easy Load system which increases the size of the luggage compartment opening by holding the retracted soft top above the compartment hatch.
Increased driving fun and efficiency.
The further developed two-litre four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo engine sits at the heart of the New MINI Convertible, producing 192hp and 280Nm of torque. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds while consuming 5.7 litres of fuel per 100km. The New MINI Convertible has a maximum speed of 230km/h.
The engine is paired with a seven-speed Steptronic Sports automatic transmission. This precisely tuned electronic gear shifting system offers a seamless and dynamic shift between gears. Additionally, the selector lever allows drivers to opt for manual-shift or automatic mode according to their driving preference. The Start/Stop function also makes driving more economical as it helps decide whether the car is in a better position with its engine switched off or running for better efficiency.
Three MINI Driving Modes are available in the New MINI Convertible. To optimise fuel delivery and disengage the engine when the driver’s foot is off the throttle, switch over to the fuel-friendly GREEN mode. Alternatively, switch to SPORT mode for more responsive steering and acceleration or stay in MID mode for the best of both worlds.
Sophisticated interior, maximum individuality.
The interior of the New MINI Convertible is embellished in Leather Chester, a brand new lush, diamond-stitched saddle leather in Malt Brown. The door armrest and knee roll will also complement the Malt Brown seats.
With MINI Yours illuminated interior surface in Piano Black, owners can choose from 12 different colour options illuminating from the Union Jack Design. MINI Yours also presents the highest-quality materials and stylish designs with precise craftmanship. The superior quality leather is carefully selected for the MINI Yours Nappa Leather Steering Wheel with hand-finished aluminium-coloured contrast stitching.
The New MINI Convertible now features a newly designed electronic selector lever that returns to its original position after changing between driving mode ‘D’, neutral position ‘N’ and reverse mode ‘R’. The parking lock is activated by pressing the ‘P’ button. To support a particularly sporty driving style as well as allow manual intervention, owners can activate the ‘S’ mode from position ‘D’ by shifting the selector lever to the left.
Enhanced safety, advanced technology and digital services.
Safety in the New MINI Convertible is further enhanced with the active rollover protection system, which ensures driver and passengers are given additional head protection should the vehicle ever overturn. The car also comes with front airbags and pelvis-thorax airbag for the driver and front passenger. Additional safety features include Rear Park Distance Control, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
The New MINI Convertible features a new high resolution 6.5-inch Touch Screen Display in the MINI Centre Instrument. It houses state-of-the-art technology and puts a wealth of navigation information at the driver’s fingertips.
Advanced digital services in the New MINI Convertible include the new generation MINI Connected with built-in 4G SIM technology. MINI Connected maximises safety and convenience through its extensive connectivity capabilities and personalised services including Intelligent Emergency Call, TeleServices, MINI Online, wireless Apple CarPlay and Remote Services.
With the MINI Connected app, MINI owners are able to plan and design their everyday mobility experience. By synchronising the MINI Connected app with a personal calendar, owners will be equipped with a personal mobility assistant. This also enables functions including “Send to Car” where the app transfers routes planned on the smartphone to the car’s navigation system, Last Mile Route – a continued navigation via smartphone while walking from the parked car to the actual destination, Time-to-Leave Notification and Share Live Trip Status; all of which help the driver get to appointments on time.
The New MINI Convertible will feature the special exterior colour offering of Caribbean Aqua which is exclusive to the model. Additional exterior colour offerings for the New MINI Convertible include Chili Red, Solaris Orange, Melting Silver and Starlight Blue. The New MINI Convertible will be available in limited units at all authorised MINI dealerships nationwide from 20th July 2019.
In celebration of MINI’s 60th anniversary, owners who purchase the New MINI Convertible from now to 31st August 2019 can enjoy the 60 Months MINI Service + Repair Inclusive programme. The celebratory offer provides owners with 60 months or 80,000km (whichever comes first) of Free Scheduled Service and 60 months of Warranty with Unlimited Mileage. For purchases after 31st August 2019, the New MINI Convertible will be available with the MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service.
MINI Roadside Assistance.
The New MINI Convertible is covered by MINI Malaysia’s 5 Years Roadside Assistance programme, available for all new MINI vehicles with a comprehensive list of services that include a 24-Hour, 365-days-a-year Accident and Help on the Phone and On the Spot Hotline, Free Towing Services and when needed (over 200KM from residential home), Replacement Vehicle, Seamless Mobility, Accommodation, Mobility Services Solutions as well as Repatriation services.
The MINI Roadside Assistance programme can be accessed by contacting 1800-88-8808.
MINI Service Online.
Making a service appointment has never been easier. The new online service programme will now allow customers to schedule their service needs directly at their preferred MINI Authorised Dealerships via www.service.mini.my.
With the Balloon Financing from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, ownership of the New MINI Convertible starts from RM 3,028.00 per month (based on estimates of 80% loan on a five-year tenure).
The retail price of the New MINI Convertible (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) is:
New MINI Convertible: RM 279,888.00
More information on the New MINI Convertible can be found at www.mini.my.