Latest range of more potent diesel powerplants starting with a Mini hatchback that will have a BMW 120d engine. The BMW 4-cylinder was designed for longitudinal installation, but the engineers of Mini were able to fit it into the engine bay transversely even though it was a bit "tricky."
The engine is paired with an automatic transmission in the test vehicles, but the production models are expected to come with a manual gearbox.
Another possible feature is a stop-start techonology. The initial of the new Mini diesel models will be equipped with 150bhp, which was detuned from the 177bhp of the 120d.
However, there are speculations that say a more potent twin-turbo diesel from the 123d may also be seen in the new Mini.
This would result in a Mini diesel with more than 200bhp, and could become the foundation for a John Cooper Works diesel Mini model.
The new diesel-engined Mini will begin a lead production stage this coming May when pre-production cars are lined up the Munich Headquarters of BMW.
These new diesels are expected to go on sale in a year's time with a likelihood of a launch at the Geneva Motor Show next year. The 110bhp Cooper, which is powered by a powerplant developed together with PSA, is the only Mini diesel model.