Initial reports around the MINI Cooper SD model mentioned the new diesel-powered MINI as using a four-cylinder 1.6 liter turbodiesel engine developed by BMW, but latest reports place a different powerplant unit in the new vehicle.
The engine of choice seems to actually be the more powerful, yet still highly fuel efficient, four-cylinder 2.0 liter diesel engine developed by BMW and used in the 1 Series lineup. Consumption forecasts mention 4.5 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.
The new powerplant is said to offer a more balanced power delivery, associated with better traction when needed. The higher-torque found in the 2.0 liter engine will certainly put a smile on the driver’s face.
The high-end MINI diesel will be available in Summer 2011.
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.