MINI Malaysia has announced the upcoming introduction of a new model, which from the teaser images that have been provided reveal it to be the F57 MINI Convertible facelift. The car, which premiered alongside the hatch in Detroit last year, arrives here a year after the hatchback made its local debut.
Based on that gleaned from the image set, it looks like the Convertible – which will be officially unveiled on July 19 – should be of a similar specification to the F56 3 Door in its Cooper S form, with no JCW bodykit on. As shown in the photo set, the car will sit on 17-inch Rail spoke alloy wheels.
As with the 3 Door, motive power is provided by a new 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which in its Cooper S guise offers the same 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque as before, but with much improved fuel efficiency. The mill is paired with a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, which is claimed to provide smoother, faster shifts with zero interruption compared to the six-speed automatic it replaces.
Along with the teaser, MINI Malaysia also highlighted how it recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the brand with a vehicle-shaped formation outlining ‘MINI 60’. The company gathered a number of MINIacs and Friends of MINI folk to get them to form the number 60 with their MINI vehicles on a tarmac canvas, set against the backdrop of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
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