MINI considering offering diesel engines in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 5, 2014

Finally, we might see a diesel-powered MINI Cooper in the United States as the British company owned by the BMW Group is considering offering such an engine. As you may know already, the 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop shares the same new front-wheel-drive platform with the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer and this allows the company to fit the vehicles with different powertrain options, which also includes hybrids as well as US-spec diesel.

MINI is currently offering on the new 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop the 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 114 hp and 270 Nm of torque. The engine uses as standard a manual gearbox, but a six-speed automatic transmission is also offered.

As expected, this engine is also fuel-efficient and needs only 3.5 liters of fuel to travel 100 km. In addition, MINI is also preparing to offer a diesel engine for the next-generation Countryman, which will arrive somewhere in 2017. The new Countryman will use a stretched version of the same platform used by the 2014 MINI Cooper.

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