The new Mini Cooper D is capable of a combined fuel consumption of 64.2mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient and cleanest Mini ever built (the outgoing Mini One D’s combined fuel consumption is 58.9mpg). A CO2 figure of just 118 g/km puts the car in tax band B. A diesel particulate filter almost eliminates diesel exhaust emissions and helps to make the Mini diesel engine one of the most environmentally friendly engines in its class.
Mini One also benefits from a significant improvement in both fuel consumption and emissions over the outgoing model. 49.6mpg is achievable from the One’s new 1.4-litre unit, compared to 41.5mpg from its predecessor. CO2 emissions are now 138g/km, against 164g/km produced by the previous model.
The entry-level One features a 95hp 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the Cooper D has an all-new 1.6-litre 110hp turbodiesel powerplant. The Cooper badge on the Mini diesel hints at the sporty nature of the new model.
The new Mini One and new Mini Cooper D both come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox; with its long transmission ratio, the sixth gear allows optimum fuel economy, even at high speeds.
The Mini One will be available to customers with the option of a six-speed automatic transmission. A key feature is the Steptronic function, which allows the driver to shift gears in sequence using the gear lever or the standard-fit paddles on the steering wheel. For keener drivers, a Sports Button is available as an option for even shorter gearshift times and faster throttle response.
The ‘go-kart driving experience’ is enhanced in the new Mini One and Cooper D through a new suspension set-up, as introduced on the Mini Cooper and Cooper S. The Mini has a clever central-arm rear axle for optimum tyre-to-road contact.
Both models feature the new body shape already seen on the recently launched Mini Cooper and Cooper S models.
The new Mini One and Mini Cooper D models are unveiled to the public at the International Geneva Motor Show on 8 March 2007. Both models will be on sale from April 2007. The Mini One will cost £11,595 on the road, and the Mini Cooper D will be £14,190.