MINI John Cooper Works Cabrio: we hunted a unit of the new facelift


New MINI Cooper cabrio JCW.

The range MINI, renewed by full. The british firm is developing a new update to the MINI hatchback and all its derivatives, of which we have already been able to see during their tests the variants Cooper 3-door and 5-door, plus variant cabrio. On this occasion we stumble over the body cabrio but with a new version, the John Cooper Works Cabrio.

As we have said in previous occasions, this new update corresponds with a refreshing half-cycle of life, to give some freshness to the range and renew on the part of the model in certain technical aspects, in addition to implementing some aesthetic improvements but that will be quite mild, without affecting too much to the model. On the contrary, this technological update will be more palpable in the offering mechanics and equipment.

The most important aspect of this renewal of the range will be the (mechanical, where we find a profound renewal of the offer of engines available, with the incorporation of new turbochargers. These will be positioned closer to the engine, the head of the block, and as we advance, shall have steel housing in versions of 4-cylinder and aluminum in the 3 cylinders. Likewise, we find a renewed cooling system in the whole range, in addition to the incorporation of a new automatic transmission with double clutch, which for the moment will only be available in versions mechanical more powerful.

New optics both in front and behind.

These changes will lead to a more obvious increase in performance, although, for the moment, there are no reports that tell us how much they can win. In the case of the versions John Cooper Works, or JCW, both in its format coupe and cabrio, we find a 4-cylinder engine 2.0-liter supercharged delivering 231 HP and 320 Nm of maximum torque.

In terms of the aesthetic level, we hope to meet minor touch-ups on bumpers and optics, of which, yesterday precisely we reveal the surprise hidden in the new rear headlights, which feature some graphics that draw the shapes of the Union Jack, the iconic british flag. This is a detail extracted directly from the prototype MINI Superleggera Vision presented in 2014 and that already mounted the unit tests of the new MINI 5-door that we reviewed recently.

For the moment, we do not have date of arrival, but we hope that the renewed range MINI to be filed sometime this year, so that the most likely date is the living Room of Frankfurt 2017, if it is not that the british brand decides to launch it outside of the calendar of large halls.