MINI considering offering diesel engines in the United States

Article by Christian A., 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.

The all-new MINI endeavours to advance the worldwide success of the first premium vehicle in the segment for small cars. Simultaneously, it continues the custom of the traditional MINI that reaches back for more than five decades. Its styling conveys these historic roots and a growing refinement of the contemporary concept of a vehicle. The signature brand dimensions have been maintained due to accurately defined increase of the outside dimensions. These also help assist in giving the all-new MINI a solid and strong look which embody its agility, reaching ever more to inspiring drive enjoyment.

The new MINI’s body is 3,821 mm long (MINI Cooper S: 3,850 mm), 1,727 mm wide, and 1,414 mm wide. This means it is 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider, and 7 mm higher, than its precursor. The wheelbase extends an additional 28 mm to 2,495 mm, while the track width has 42 mm more at the front and 34 mm more at the rear, for a total 1,501 mm each (MINI Cooper S: 1,485 mm).

Cornering ability and ride comfort draw benefits from these all-new proportions as well as the available space for occupants and luggage. The additional range to the front seats, surface longer by 23 mm and a perceptible shoulder room increase give more freedom of motion and optimal comfort for rear passenger entry. The luggage area volume is 51 litres bigger, now 211 litres.

Like its dimensions, the vehicle's trademark brand style and the three-way separated body structure both add to its distinctive look. The body, greenhouse, and roof are distinctly separated from the others visually. The glass shapes along with the darkened body columns form a concordant cover reaching across the automobile completely. From its silhouette, the window graphic narrowing to the back draws a vibrant wedge form that suggests a forward thrust typifying the new MINI.

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