While the Rocketman was the star at the MINI stand in Geneva, there were other premiers that caught our attention. One of them, the new MINI Cooper SD. Powered by an also new 2.0 liter engine with 143 horsepower, the Cooper SD has brought another wave of driving fun and individuality in the premium brand’s hallmark style.

The MINI Cooper SD, due for launch in spring 2011, will be the most powerful diesel variant yet in the MINI line-up. The new 2.0-litre engine developing 105 kW/143 hp and maximum torque of 305 Newton metres (225 lb-ft) is available between 1,750 and 2,700 rpm, will drum up even more power yet burn extremely small amounts of fuel.

The new MINI Cooper SD is also fitted as standard with an extensive range of MINIMALISM technology. In addition to the engine’s efficiency, features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start/Stop function, Shift Point Display and Electric Power Steering continue to increase efficiency in the lineup.

The MINI Cooper SD also uses model-specific design features to show off its sporting credentials. The top SD model stands out with its extra-large air intake in the front apron and an air scoop on the bonnet. Like the MINI Cooper S, it also displays its model identity in its side indicator surrounds (in its case with “SD” lettering) and has twin tailpipes positioned in the centre of the rear apron.

The MINI Cooper SD, MINI Cooper SD Clubman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman also come with an eye-catching roof spoiler.