January 10, 2012: BMW has been aiming to bring in the Mini car range to India since a long time and the wait has finally come to an end at this year’s Auto Expo. BMW launched this model series in India with all pomp and show on January 5th 2012. The major eye candy among these cars was Mini Cooper Convertible. This series comes with a hefty price tag of Rs. 29.99 lakh. However, this opulence car tagged with so much of price will not be a problem for luxury car enthusiasts.
Ed's take. The mileage of the Mini Convertible is about 8-9km/l for the petrol. Though not many of the owners will be worried about it.
It is among the most raw performers of its segment. It has been featured as a chosen vehicle for numerous test drives and races, and this does not go without reason. The timid vehicle can soar to a top speed of around 200kmph. Furthermore, it can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph within around 7 seconds, and this is undoubtedly a massive engine capacity commandeered by this vehicle.
It is a compact vehicle, and it serves its purpose with a greatly low and trimmed profile. It rises to a height of 1414mm, which is short enough to pass as a sports car itself. The two doored model is lesser in its width and length as well, meant for saving space. The front grille has a downward facing, 'U' formation. And on either side of the grille are two circular headlamps complete on all visual necessities. Bi-xenon headlights are present for maximum power of the light beam, and this is further raised with a headlight beam thrower control and a headlight washer system. The windscreen is sloping forward, giving its conventional appearance a modern touch. Propped over the front of the roof is a short antenna, also swept back. The side profile is enhanced with the alloy wheels, and the large fenders curving about them. The distinctive design of the side is further upgraded with a black checkered finish on the side scuttles. The exterior mirror caps are also of black checkered make. The rear of the vehicle carries a parking distance control feature, situated by the corners. The tail lights on either side are complete with LEDs, turn indicators and courtesy lights for the best illumination provided. The rear profile is wrapped up with the small, circular exhaust pipe at the corner, building the looks to its most intense level.
The machine has a perfected exterior structure. Its miniature size reflects in all measurements, from its height to its width, length and wheelbase as well. It rises
for a height of 1414mm. Its length is 3723mm, and its wheelbase is 2467mm. Its width is 1913mm.
Ed's take. The interior styling of the Mini Cooper is unique and the locations of buttons is different from other cars. It has switches like an aeroplane cockpit.
The inside carries a host of features meant for elevating the ride to its finest quality. This includes a premium upholstery, along with numerous added features for elegance and beauty. The upholstery is present with a range of customization options, all of them in premium leather. The colors take on a range of variants, meant for the best personalization for the passengers. Attractive chrome detailing gives the steering wheel a more elegant look. The inner ambiance is raised with lights that are present in areas such as the elliptical door rings. The gearshift knobs, the handbrake and the gaiter are all of hot chocolate leather, bringing the best feel of luxury to the cabin's inside. The interior surfaces have brushed alloy for additional elegance. Additional options in the interior design bring a leather steering wheel, and a leather upholstered interior panel. The center console has a good new design, and is incorporated with numerous features. As for the stereo and music needs, the cabin has an Alphine HiFi system. This is further aided with an AUX connector cable, a CD changer, and a dual USB charging adapter.
Despite being a small vehicle, it has a cabin that is equipped with many features for enhancing comfort and convenience. The seats are built on ergonomic discipline, large and comfortable. Furthermore, the cabin room is aided with the presence of a plush leather upholstery. Customization allows for numerous options to further refine the cabin aura. The steering wheel is present with a leather option, and so is the instrument panel. The cabin has accents of brushed alloy for better luxury. The gearknobs, the handbrake and the gaiter come in hot chocolate leather. Floor mats are available in a range of types, from Velon to all weather make. The foot pedals and the floor rests are made of stainless steel. Sun blinds are present over the windows for a cooled environment inside the cabin. An automatic climate control equips the air conditioning system. Beside all of this, a large range of options are made available through customization, for the best personal touch from the passengers.
This is among the smallest vehicles made. However, it offers a reasonably good space for the passengers optimum comfort. The cabin has space to accommodate tall, hefty and broad shouldered men. It also provides a large trunk space.
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