Mini has unveiled a diesel version of the Cooper S for the first time. The new diesel trim, which is available on all models, comes with a two-litre 143hp engine and is able to deliver lower CO2 emissions, a more frugal fuel consumption and extra power.
The new engine of the MINI Cooper SD has an all-aluminum crankcase, a turbocharger with variable intake geometry, and common-rail direct injection with solenoid-valve injectors.
The automaker also mentioned that the SD Hatch secures a zero VED rate and a company car benefit tax rate of 13% including the 3% diesel surcharge.
The new version will go from 0-60 in 8.1 seconds, not bad for a car that will only cost £30 a year for road fund license in the UK. Prices will start from £18,000 and will be available some time in the spring. We are not certain if the MINI Cooper SD will be launched in the U.S.
|SD Model||Top Speed||0-62 mph||Consumption
|Hatch||134 mph||8.1 secs||65.7 mpg||114 grams||£18,750|
|Clubman||134 mph||8.6 secs||64.2 mpg||115 grams||£19,790|
|Convertible||130 mph||8.7 secs||62.8 mpg||118 grams||£21,130|
|Countryman||123 mph||9.3 secs||61.4 mpg||122 grams||£21,970|
|Countryman ALL4||121 mph||9.4 secs||57.6 mpg||130 grams||£23,190|