The MINI Cooper Cabrio is inching closer to production as a lightly camouflaged prototype has been spied undergoing cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle.

The MINI Cooper Cabrio is inching closer to production as a lightly camouflaged prototype has been spied undergoing cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle.

Based on the three-door Cooper hatchback, the Cabrio has a familiar design but eschews the fixed roof for a retractable soft top. As a result, the model has a revised rear end with slender third brake light that is flanked by chrome trim.

Engine options are expected to carryover from the standard model, so expect choices a variety of petrol and diesel options including everything from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel with 95 PS (70 kW) to a range-topping JCW variant with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 231 PS (170 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque.

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