MINI has confirmed the launch of a new SD line of performance diesels for all of its models. Using a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, the oil burner will deliver 143-hp and a significant 225 ft-lbs of torque at from 1750 rpm. This new diesel engine sits above the current Cooper D with 112-hp.
The SD trim will be available on the Cooper, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman and use added fuel-saving technology as well, including brake energy regeneration, an auto start-stop system and electric power steering. In addition, it will get features like a detachable alternator to cut drag on the engine.
With a focus on performance and fuel economy, MINI rates the Cooper SD at a 0-62 mph time of 8.1 seconds and 4.3 l/100 km (55-mpg); the Cooper SD Clubman at 8.6 seconds to 62-mph and 4.4 l/100 km (54-mpg); the Cooper SD Convertible at 8.7 second to 62-mph and 4.5 l/100 km (52-mpg) and finally the Cooper SD Countryman at 9.3 seconds to 62-mph (9.4 seconds with ALL4 AWD) and a 4.6 l/100 km rating (51-mpg), or 4.9 l/100 km (48-mpg)
MINI has been quiet on if we are to expect any of these models in the U.S. and if we do, the Countryman is the likely candidate.
AutoGuide will be on hand for the launch of the vehicles in Geneva. Until then, see our Geneva Auto Show Preview here.