(from Mini Press
Release) MINI will be unveiling a new addition to its
Convertible range at the 2007 North American International Auto Show
(NAIAS), when it presents the Sidewalk model for the first time on
January 6 in Detroit.
MINI Convertibles have
always combined great handling characteristics with the thrill of
open-top motoring, but when the Sidewalk hits MINI dealers from
April 2007, MINI fans will have the opportunity to get their hands
on a fresh model boasting a raft of luxurious design enhancements.
Andy Hearn, General Manager for MINI UK, said: “The MINI One Seven,
Cooper Park Lane and Cooper S Checkmate editions of the MINI hatch
have been hugely popular, with nearly 8,000 models sold in the UK in
just 12 months. We are confident that Sidewalk will offer the same
exclusivity and maximum value for Convertible customers. Undoubtedly
it will reinforce MINI’s unique position as a premium small car.”
The new Sidewalk model offers a host of exclusive and additional
options, and is available on the One, Cooper and Cooper S. It
includes a choice of four paintwork colours, Malt Brown English
Leather upholstery, 17” Night Spoke light alloy wheels, bi-colour
leather steering wheel and gear knob and special ‘Sidewalk’ interior
trim, floor mats, badges and door inserts.
Additional MINI options that are standard on Sidewalk models are
Automatic Stability Control and Traction (ASC+T), multifunction
leather steering wheel, mirror caps in body colour, chrome line
interior, passenger seat height adjustment, sports seats, storage
compartment pack, front fog lamps, manual air conditioning, on board
computer, interior light pack and white indicators.
On the road prices are as follows:
MINI One Sidewalk £16,910
MINI Cooper Sidewalk £17,960
MINI Cooper S Sidewalk £20,235
Should a customer wish to specify these options on any other MINI
Convertible, the cost of the extra kit would be approximately 25 per
cent higher than if purchased as part of a standard package on the
The MINI One and Cooper Convertible Sidewalk editions come with a
five-speed manual gearbox, with the more powerful Cooper S version
boasting a six-speed transmission. As an option, the MINI Cooper
Convertible Sidewalk is available with a CVT transmission, while the
MINI Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk may be fitted with a six-speed
automatic transmission to further improve performance. Both auto
gearboxes are equipped with a Steptronic function, providing a
sportier driving experience.
The entire MINI line-up provides customers with an unrivalled
opportunity to personalise their new car. Key to this is the
extensive range of accessories available at dealers across the UK.
The Sidewalk editions of the Convertible can be accessorized with
cycle, surfboard and snowboard luggage racks, as well as the John
Cooper Works tuning and styling kits.
Since its launch in 2004, the MINI Convertible has been a storming
sales success and found itself a place deep in the hearts of British
drivers. In 2005, MINI Convertible outsold its nearest competitor by
a whopping 27 per cent. MINI is the UK’s best-selling convertible
car in 2006, with more than 8,500 models sold year-to-date. The
range is set to receive a further boost when the MINI Convertible
Sidewalk arrives early in 2007.