In a surprising move MINI has announced a successor to the current MINI Convertible. While the details are scarce MINI has given us a date: 2025. Now the big question – will this car be electric or the last petrol powered MINI convertible ever?
Given the brand’s stated goal to transition to an all electric model line-up by the early 2030s, it’s difficult to say. While the next generation hatch will offer both pure electric and petrol powertrains, the convertible is a much more niche product and MINI might want to minimize drivetrain options to keep things cost effective. We also know that MINI plans to release it’s last new internal combustion engine in 2025. Are the two related? We will know more soon.
MINI continues the realignment of its model range and announces the development of a successor to the open-top four-seater.
Electrification, the conquest of new target groups and a consistent customer orientation are at the heart of the realignment with which the British premium brand MINI is setting the course for its future model range. Following the announcement of a new generation of the brand’s purely electric small cars, another decision has now been made: The success story of the MINI Convertible will be continued. The development of a successor to the only open-top four-seater in the premium small car segment is a done deal. The new model is scheduled to be unveiled in 2025. “The MINI Convertible has a large and particularly loyal fan base. This is also shown by the great demand for the latest, freshly updated model,” says Bernd Körber, Head of the MINI brand. “We are therefore firmly convinced of the success of this vehicle concept for the future.”
With the new edition of the MINI Convertible launched a few weeks ago, the brand’s typical open-air driving pleasure has gained even more appeal. The clear and reduced design expresses the vehicle’s extravagant charisma more intensively than ever – especially with the body paint in the new Zesty Yellow variant available exclusively for the MINI Convertible. In addition, the unmistakable design features of the open-top MINI are showcased particularly effectively. The hexagonal radiator grille is larger than ever, the standard LED headlights have been redesigned as have the Side Scuttles, the black wheel arch surrounds have been given new contours, and the rear lights in the striking Union Jack design are now standard equipment
With its fresh look, new standard and optional equipment and innovative operating system, the MINI Convertible continues a success story that began some three decades ago. After the prototype at the British Motor Show in Birmingham in 1992 had already caused enthusiastic reactions from the public, a convertible version was added to the classic Mini for the first time. And even after the relaunch of the brand, fans did not have to do without open-top driving fun in typical MINI style. Since 2004, the combination of go-kart feeling and open-air fun has thrilled discerning target groups all over the world. At times, MINI’s open-top four-seater was the best-selling convertible in the world.
The current MINI Convertible is not only the original in its vehicle class, but also a true one-off as the only open-top model in the premium small car segment. Three equally powerful and efficient engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology ensure driving pleasure made to measure. The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, with its 170 kW/231 hp engine, makes the wind blow even more powerfully.
The MINI Convertible enjoys particularly great popularity in the German car market, followed by the USA and Great Britain. Especially in these countries, but also in many other regions around the globe, the news of the planned continuation of the model history is likely to cause a sensation. “Last year, almost one in five MINI customers in Germany opted for open-top driving fun,” said Bernd Körber. “This demonstrates the great enthusiasm of the MINI community for a vehicle concept like this in the future.”