The MINI Cooper Convertible - Interior Features | Part Three

The MINI Cooper Convertible

MINI Cooper

Boasting features such as a highly functional roof, a variable luggage compartment even with the roof down, an ultra-strong and stiff bodyshell, as well as a chassis with a multi-arm rear axle, the MINI Convertible sets the standard in its market segment.

A four-seater instantly recognisable as a genuine MINI

Rising slightly to the rear, the waistline gives the car a powerful, performance-oriented profile accentuated by the chrome strip along the entire waistline. The steeply raked windscreen, the frameless side windows, the double roll bars behind the rear seats and the space-saving folding roof without tonneau cover round off the sophisticated appearance of this new eye-catcher from Oxford.

The MINI Cooper Convertible comes as standard with 15-inch light-alloy rims and runs on 175/65 R15 tyres. However, the car can be optionally equipped with attractive 16- or 17-inch light alloys. The 17-inch 5 star bullet light-alloy wheel developed especially for the new model variant particularly accentuates the new MINI's sporting character.

MINI colour worlds

The MINI Cooper is available in ten exterior colours, two of which are reserved exclusively for the convertible - Hot Orange and, providing a special effect, Cool Blue. For greater individual choice, the roof is available in black, blue and green. The rear-view mirror housings are finished in body colour. The optional Chrome Line exterior and interior package give the MINI Cooper Convertible a particularly sophisticated appearance.

Classy interior

The roll bar made of high-strength aluminium tubes is so intelligently integrated that the luggage compartment retains its full through-loading capacity when the rear seat backrests are folded down. The dashboard and the door linings are available in both silver and anthracite as well as in aluminium and wood style trims. Additionally, in the case of four different exterior colours, there is the option of the three-part instrument panel and door linings in the respective body colour. The MINI Cooper Convertible's seat upholstery offers a choice of two different types of cloth, three cloth/leather combinations and three leather options.

Well prepared for an emergency

Thanks to a stiff body structure and an efficient restraint system comprising as standard, inter alia, two 'intelligent' front airbags and two integrated head/thorax side airbags, the MINI Cooper Convertible complies with the world's most tringent crash test standards.

Thanks to the implementation of numerous construction-related measures such as an increase in the thickness of the sheet metal of the side-sills as well as the integration of additional stiffening and reinforcement plates, torsional stiffness was increased significantly. The result is that the door-sills are also prevented from deforming in the event of a head-on collision. Moreover, the sturdy floor assembly has been additionally reinforced. All of these measures facilitate the best possible protection of occupants, even in the case of side impacts.

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Published 14 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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