If you haven’t noticed, small cars aren’t popular right now, which puts automakers like Mini in a tough spot. Add Brexit and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and you’d think Mini would be on the ropes, but it’s not. While full replacements for much of the Mini lineup are in a few years, the company is renewing its lineup, including the Mini Cooper S Convertible.
We’ve seen the Cooper S Convertible before, although those previous spy photos showed the model in a full camouflage wrap. The new images show the Mini covering only the front and rear fairings. Even with the camouflage, it’s easy to spot the more aggressive front bumper and larger air intakes. It also appears that Mini is expanding the size of the grille, albeit slightly. It’s the same novelty at the rear with a revised bumper in a sportier design.
Inside, the automaker will improve the dashboard with the digital unit introduced in the Mini JCW GP and the fully electric Mini Cooper SE. Don’t expect other big changes, though. There are rumors that Mini could tweak the lighting elements on the exterior, like new side markers or relocating the reverse lights just above the tailpipes.
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Customers should expect the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to move to the updated model. It should continue to produce the same 189 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 207 pound-feet (280 Newton-meters) of torque. The six-speed automobile and the six-speed manual are also expected to be available.
Mini hasn’t indicated when the updated model will arrive, but given that it’s a light refresh, we shouldn’t have to wait too long. It could be revealed before the end of the year or at the start of the next. Any update to help reverse the drop in sales would be welcome, as Mini’s sales fell 4.1% last year compared to 2018.