After months of rumors and uncertainty, the MINI Cooper SD was spotted by spy photographers during a field test in Germany.
The prototype carries the “SD” badge and features a centrally mounted exhaust, as well as a slightly restyled front bumper. The car will be available as a Cabrio as well and launches in the Summer of 2011.
The high-end diesel is powered by a new engine producing 143 horsepower, a significant improvement of the Cooper D model and its 112 horsepower. Torque number is rumored to be around 300Nm.
The 1.6 liter turbodiesel is developed by BMW, replacing the powerunits built by PSA. A variant of this engine will debut this Fall in the refreshed MINI lineup and the new MINI Countryman.
MINI has yet to announce the availability for the U.S. market, but the expectations, based on the increasing diesel sales in the U.S., are that a diesel-powered MINI will eventually cross the ocean.