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2016 MINI Convertible leaked ahead of Geneva debut

The next MINI Convertible is expected to arrive in time for summer.

Leaked patent images have prematurely revealed the 2016 MINI Convertible ahead of its debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

Unsurprisingly, the MINI Convertible is essentially identical to the third-gen Hardtop from the rocker panels up to the belt line. Above that, it gains a cloth soft top that automatically retracts at the push of a button. The top will come standard in black but buyers looking to stand out will be able to order it in brown.

The interior hasn't been leaked but it is expected to carry over from the Hardtop with only minor modifications. The speedometer will be moved from the center console to behind the steering wheel and the dashboard will feature a host of airplane-inspired toggle switches.

Similarly, the MINI Convertible will be offered with the same engines as its Hardtop counterpart. The entry-level Cooper model will pack a 1.5 three-cylinder engine that will generate 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. of torque, while the more expensive Cooper S will boast a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 189 ponies and 207 lb-ft. of twist.

A six-speed manual transmission developed by Getrag will come standard and a six-speed automatic will be available at an extra cost.

A full set of details about the 2016 MINI Convertible will emerge over the coming weeks. Stay tuned to Leftlane for live images of the next topless MINI straight from the show floor in Geneva starting on March 3rd.

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