As early as October 2022, MINI introduced there can be one other era of its stylish convertible. At that time, firm boss Stefanie Wurst revealed the plan is to carry manufacturing in-house on the Oxford plant slightly than outsourcing meeting to VDL Nedcar manufacturing firm in The Netherlands. We’ve now discovered from the automaker’s head honcho that the brand new droptop mannequin might be launched this fall.
The disclosure was made by Stefanie Wurst in an interview with BMWBLOG at a press occasion held in Lisbon, Portugal final week. The brand new MINI with a folding material roof is understood internally by its “F67” codename and might be based mostly on the not too long ago launched 3-Door Hatch (“F66”). Which means the British model might be launching a last era of the cabrio with combustion engines. From 2030, MINI will go purely electrical.
Talking of zero emissions, we have now it on good authority that there will even be one other electrical convertible. The final one was a particular version based mostly on the first-gen Cooper SE and restricted to 999 items, all of which have been offered in Europe. Its alternative is predicted to be a everlasting member of the lineup when it arrives in 2027.
Believed to be codenamed “J03,” the silent convertible from MINI may very well be added to the meeting line in Oxford a few yr after the electrical three-door hatchback and the Aceman crossover. These two final fashions are going into manufacturing a lot sooner since meeting will initially begin this yr in China. Highlight Automotive, a 50:50 three way partnership between the BMW Group and Nice Wall Motor, is making the electrical MINI hatch and its five-door crossover sibling at a brand new manufacturing unit situated in Zhangjiagang within the Jiangsu province.
One other new MINI that has but to be revealed is the 5-Door Hatch, mentioned to hold the “F65” codename. Its world premiere is probably going slated to happen later in 2024. It will likely be out there in a lukewarm Cooper S model however don’t maintain your breath for a John Cooper Works since that may very well be a three-door-only affair.