MINI is launching its first sub-100 g/km CO2 cars this August, along with the first diesel-powered MINI Convertible.
Following the March introduction of new, more efficient petrol engines for the MINI range, two all-new diesel engines make their debut in the revised and refreshed range.
The 1.6 litre, four cylinder engines share the efficient bore/stroke ratio of BMW’s two litre units, all-aluminium construction for light weight, common rail direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.
Both the MINI One D and MINI Cooper D achieve the same low fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
The Cooper D Hatch still accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 123 mph. There is also 270 Nm of torque available from 1,750 rpm.
The less powerful MINI One D Hatch (90 hp as compared to the Cooper D’s 112 hp) still reaches 62mph in 11.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 115 mph.
In addition to the high efficiency of the new diesel engine, the new diesel-powered MINIs employ fuel-saving and emission-lowering technology including Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop, Gearshift Indicator, Electromechanical Power Steering and demand-controlled auxiliary units such as the alternator. There’s also a standard six-speed manual gearbox.
A diesel particulate filter and an oxidation catalyst is standard fitment on all the new MINI diesel models. They share the same housing and operate maintenance-free for life. As with all MINI models they all comply with the EU5 emission standard.
For the first time in MINI history a diesel engine will appear under the bonnet of an open MINI when the MINI Cooper D Convertible joins the range in August. Using the same 112 hp engine as the Hatch, the Convertible accelerates to 62 mph in just 10.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 121 mph. It also manages 70 mpg and emits just 105 g/km of CO2, making it the lowest emitting and most economical ‘full’ convertible vehicle on the UK market today.
All existing MINI models – Hatch, Clubman and Convertible – benefit from design refreshments to both the exterior and interior, including a new bumper with a lower air intake and new style fog lamps.
Inside, the centre console, the steering wheel and the air conditioning and audio controls have all been modified.
All radio systems in the refreshed MINI range are equipped with a CD player and AUX-in connection that supports MP3 players and features DAB radio standard across the MINI range with the exception of the MINI First model.
The redesigned navigation system now incorporates a much improved map display layout and the centre console houses Bluetooth hands-free phone preparation including a USB interface.
MINI Connected (optional) now offers owners of an Apple iPhone a range of functionality including web radio, which allows you to listen to any radio station in the world that has a web address.
Keywords: MINI One D, MINI Cooper D, 74.3 mpg, 99 g/km CO2