Friday, 23 October 2015
2016: Launch of next MINI Convertible
BMW’s MINI brand will launch the next generation MINI Convertible in March 2016.
The launch follows new models in 2004 and 2009. After 12 years of sales success, BMW claims the car remains the only premium soft-top four-seater convertible in the small car segment, and the UK continues to be its largest market worldwide.
New features include a fully electric roof that is quieter and smoother than the previous model, a fully integrated rollover protection system and more rear space.
The latest MINI Cooper Convertible (above) and Cooper D Convertible are 3,821 mm long, with the MINI Cooper S Convertible 3,850 mm long. All models are 1,727 mm wide, 1,415 mm high and have a wheelbase of 2,495 mm.
Those dimensions have increased compared with the outgoing model, with 98 mm extra length, 44 mm extra width and 1 mm extra height. The wheelbase is 28 mm longer and track width has also grown a further 42 mm at the front and 34 mm at the rear.
The new car has the latest generation of EU6-compliant engines are installed under the bonnet. The petrol engines inside MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Convertible – 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder respectively – feature turbocharging, direct fuel injection with centrally positioned injectors, variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS) and fully variable VALVETRONIC valve control technology.
On the 1.5-litre diesel three-cylinder engine in the MINI Cooper D Convertible, there is turbocharging with variable intake geometry and common rail direct injection.
As for meeting Euro 6 emissions requirements for the three-cylinder diesel engine in the light of recent events at Volkswagen AG, engineers at MINI say they use exhaust gas recirculation and Nitrogen oxide storage catalytic converter technology.
The nitrogen oxides produced in lean operation are stored as nitrates inside the storage catalyst. As these exist partly as NO, they must first be oxidised into NO2.
In cyclically occurring fat phases during which sufficient reducing agents (H2, CO and HC) are made available at a low oxygen concentration (<1%), the stored nitrates and reducing agents oxidise into N2, H2O and CO2.
The typical operating range of an NSC is between 150°C and 500°C, thereby covering a broad diesel engine characteristic up to just below full load.
One considerable advantage of a NOx storage catalyst is, according to MINI engineers, that thanks to its location close to the engine, “highly efficient exhaust gas after-treatment performance” is available immediately after cold starting the vehicle.