Price: £18,475, on sale from Spring 2016

The new Mini Convertible will be available in Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S variants when it arrives on the car market in March 2016.

Following 12 years of sales success, the Mini Convertible will move into its third-generation as the only premium soft-top four-seater convertible in the small car segment.

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The upgraded model is larger than the outgoing model, with the Mini Cooper Convertible and Cooper D Convertible both 3.82 metres long, with the Mini Cooper S Convertible 3.85 metres long. All models are 1.72 metres wide, 1.41 metres high and have a wheelbase of 2.49 metres.

Mini Convertible © Mini

A brand new fully electric roof that is quieter and smoother than the previous model will feature on the upcoming model, as well as a fully integrated rollover protection system.

The roof can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 18 mph. The two operations are activated by means of a toggle switch on the front roof frame. When

There will be more rear space than ever before thanks to the increase in size, allowing for enhanced comfort levels and freedom of movement in all four seats. Luggage volume has also expanded by around 25 per cent compared to the outgoing model, with 215 litres available with the roof closed and 160 litres with it folded down.

The new model features a high level of standard equipment including a large central 6.5-inch screen infotainment display, MINI Connected, Bluetooth connectivity with USB audio, Rear Parking Distance Control and a Reversing Camera.

The new Mini Convertible's power is directed to the front wheels, with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. This will offer increased efficiency, optimised acoustic and vibration response and enhanced shift comfort, a gear sensor enables active engine speed adaptation for sporty shifting when accelerating and increased comfort when shifting down.

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The new model will also include a new MINI Head-Up Display, a system that projects driving-related information on to an extendible display in the upper area of the instrument panel.

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