By on May 12, 2021


Mini Convertible

The Mini Convertible will continue for the foreseeable future, with a new model to come in 2025.

“There is great demand for the latest, freshly updated model,” Bernd Körber, Head of the Mini brand said. “The vehicle’s future success is convincing.”

Zesty yellow is the new, exclusive color for 2022 Mini convertibles. However, there’s no indication that yellow ragtops are fueling that demand.

Mini Convertible

A larger radiator grille, redesigned headlights, and side scuttles were detailed in our coverage previously. The Mini debuted three decades ago followed by the convertible. Mini claims their open-top, four-seater is the world’s best-selling convertible. Fewer convertibles in production will cause that.

Mini Convertible

Mini Convertibles have had the greatest acceptance in Germany, followed by the US and Great Britain. “Last year, almost one in five Mini customers in Germany opted for open-top driving fun,” said Körber. “This demonstrates the great enthusiasm of the Mini community for a vehicle concept like this in the future.”

Mini Convertible

True, the Mini Convertible is the only open-top in a shrinking premium small car segment. Three engine options, all with Mini’s TwinPower turbo technology, start with a 136 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in a 1.5 liter, direct-injected three-cylinder. Next up in the S model is a 192 HP, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with 206 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range, the John Cooper Works’ four-banger puts out 231 HP and 235 lb-ft of torque.

Despite its frowning, bewildered-looking front fascia, the Mini Convertible has a high fun quotient. Starting at $27,900 and graduating to $31,900, you might consider buying one before the brand’s new generation of pure electric small cars is upon us.

[Images: Mini]

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18 Comments on “2022 Mini Convertible Charts Future Course...”

  • avatar

    Burn it.

    Is there really a Mini community? They have to wave to each other?

    • 0 avatar

      There are three Minis on our block, including our 2012 Mini Cooper S, only one of which is a convertible (not ours).

      But no, we don’t treat those neighbors any differently, and we don’t honk at other Minis on the road.

      I probably did wave at other Audi TT owners back when my ’01 was new!

    • 0 avatar

      “Burn it.”

      Why? It’s not another CUV/SUV blob and I drove a friend’s Cooper S convertible and it was a lot of fun to drive.

    • 0 avatar

      Sure. The community consists of empty nester German tourists waving at each other across car rental counters in crowded Mediterranean vacation spots every summer……

  • avatar

    Mini Fish Edition.

    Seriously, this brand lost the plot in 2014 with the F56 and its variants. Back when the R56 was new I was really interested in an S or JCW, but I haven’t felt the want in years.

    • 0 avatar

      That is one of the ugliest front grill treatments in the trend of recent ugly faces. Trying to make a better carp face than Lexus?

    • 0 avatar

      Agree with @dal20402 – Mini lost the plot and they are essentially irrelevant in the United States with everyone wanting a three-story-tall SUV that can drive over anything except the three-story-tall SUV in front of it.

      They are painted into a corner and with new SUVs-pickups going for $50K, $60K, $70K the whole, “it’s a weekend toy to buy” is tougher and tougher to justify for more and more people.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “There is great demand for the latest, freshly updated model”

    Not in the US, there isn’t. Mini is dying a slow death, having lost over half of its sales volume since 2013. They pretty much outsell Fiat.

    Their convertible is a niche of a one-trick pony.

  • avatar

    “The Mini debuted three decades ago…”

    Two decades, innit? 2001 to 2021?

    • 0 avatar

      Yea, there is no way to make the 3 decade time work. BMW MINI was 2001.
      Also agree with dal20402, that is why I pulled the trigger on a bespoke 2013.

  • avatar

    I like it. I hope they do better.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    I wonder if they ever tried to design one with a targa or T top that folded and was able to be stowed in the back.
    Nonetheless it’s good to see the brand keep a fairly reasonably priced drop top in its stable.

    • 0 avatar

      The top can be folded for T-top only driving or stowed for full convertible driving. Been that way since 2014 ( I believe).

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        Yes, I have a neighbor with one who occasionally drives theirs with the front canvas top folded over or fully retracted over the trunk lid.
        I was thinking of a removable plastic panel or panels with a Cabrio like roll bar.

  • avatar

    “Zesty Yellow”???? I can’t decide if it’s a greenish yellow or yellowish green.

  • avatar

    With each new redesign it looses it cuteness and looks more and more like a German car. In the end it will become VW Beetle replica.

  • avatar

    The dead animal look with the tongue hanging out of the mouth post mortem is not one I find attractive. My drive in an original type 2008 model MINI was notable only for the uncomfortableness of the interior, the wazzoo dials and switches of no use whatsoever unless you like reading a speedo down by your right knee, and the constant whines from the five-foot two lady forced to sit in the back. She hated it, I was not convinced, and that’s as far as I ever got to thinking about BMW’s idea of retro. Never did understand the reincarnated MINI. OTOH, my drive way back in 1970 in an original 1293cc souped-up Cooper S I will always remember. A hoot beyond words to describe, and with 85 hp in a 1500 lb car, one hell of a lot quicker than you’d think up to about 90 mph. But the handling! Wow, it was nimble, and the rasp of the twin carbs and big bore exhaust! Hell, anyone would have enjoyed that little devil. The way it scampered even around a parking lot would reduce you to a fit of the giggles.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I would have to see this car in person but from the photos the color is more lime green than yellow. I am glad to see other colors besides white, black, and gray. As for looks this Mini does not look any worse than a lot of the new vehicles and I would not say it resembles the Lexus gapping grill. This is much better than the Lexus grills.

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