MINI has been mulling over bringing diesel models to America for quite some time now, and the British automaker might finally pull the trigger with its next wave of new models.
Recently, MINI product manager Patrick McKenna discussed MINI’s future including the expansion to 10 models in the automaker’s lineup. Once again, McKenna expressed MINI USA’s interest in bringing diesel models to the States, but reiterated that it wouldn’t be coming with the current generation of MINIs.
The reason lies with design issues associated with the bluetech solution, which uses urea injection to reduce CO2 emissions. Simply put, there’s no place to put the technology in the current generation of vehicles, but MINI engineers are actively ensuring that it’ll be incorporated for next-generation models.
Another argument however about diesels with MINIs, is how more fuel efficient future MINI models will become, in addition to lightening their weight. The combination of the two will give MINIs diesel-like performance and fuel efficiency, though the smaller powerplants will undoubtedly lack the torque diesel models have to offer. So will the extra torque and just the fact that it’s a diesel be enough to help it sell in America? Time will tell.
[Source: Motoring File]
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