Six MINI models gather at BMW’s Oxford factory

Six MINI models were showcased at BMW’s Oxford factory on Thursday 3 June. It was the first time when all the six MINI models were brought together.

Out of the six, three were current and three were future. Current models were Hatch, Convertible and Clubman, while forthcoming models included Countryman which is expected to hit roads in September this year.

The Mini One Convertible features the new 1.6 litre VALVETRONIC engine and it accelerates from 0-62mph in just 11.3 seconds. The Mini One Convertible comes with a price tag of £14,985. It offers high standard equipment such as air-conditioning and sophisticated safety features, despite comparatively lower price.

MINI’s forthcoming two concept cars viz. the Coupe and Roadster were also there. The new Coupe is expected to arrive in 2011, while Roadster will hit roads in 2012.

Separately, BMW has ditched the 1.4 litre petrol entry model. It said that all petrol MINIs would have exactly the same 1.6 litre engine hardware, which features VALVETRONIC variable valve timing.