• Jan 9, 2008
click above for more high-res images of the 2008 MINI Cooper D Clubman

The car you see above is the MINI Cooper D Clubman. That's "D" as in "Diesel". The diminutive brand owned by BMW offers a diesel engine in Europe, but to date has not in the U.S. We believe that MINI may correct this at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. Our guess is based on a press release issued by MINI today that, while saying very little about its plan for the Detroit show other than the Clubman and Clubman S would be present, included images of a left-hand-drive Cooper D Clubman. The press release also mentions that a talking point at MINI's press conference will be "More Driving Pleasure, Less Fuel Consumption: The new MINI in the 2008 Model Year". Couple that with parent company BMW's announcement of two new models for the U.S. market that will be powered by diesel engines, the X5 xDrive35d and the 335d, and it begins to look like MINI will follow suit with a diesel of its own. Of course, MINI has not confirmed this so it's pure speculation on our part, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a Cooper Clubman D burning oil in Detroit next week.

[Source: MINI]



PRESS RELEASE:

MINI AT THE 2008 NAIAS IN DETROIT

1. MINI at the 2008 NAIAS in Detroit.
(Short Version) 2
2. At a Glance. 8
3. Unique, Extroverted, Irresistible:
The MINI Clubman. 10
4. More Driving Pleasure, Less Fuel Consumption:
The new MINI in the 2008 Model Year. 19

Everybody loves the new MINI. In its design, its flair and agile handling, the new MINI has been desirable right from the start. And now the technology-oriented aficionado of the MINI will find an even wider range of convincing arguments and selling points contributing to the success of this great car. So even more than before, the world's only small premium car stands out through top-quality finish, exemplary safety, the most advanced drivetrain technology, outstanding efficiency, extreme reliability, and lasting value. Indeed, it is precisely through these and many other qualities that MINI has already written an impressive story of success in the USA.

Now yet another new chapter is being added to this success story:
the MINI Clubman. The public will have the wonderful opportunity to admire this extravagantly designed new addition to the MINI model range at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to be held in Detroit from 19–27 January 2008 – and soon they will be able to enjoy the sight of this unique car also on the road, with the market launch of the MINI Clubman in the States starting on February 16, 2008.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      They need to bring the Mini D's AND the Mini One's over to the states.
        • 7 Years Ago
        uh-pretty sure the Mini 1's are the gen one Minis
        • 7 Years Ago
        no. the mini one was a lower end model that was not sold in the US. with a smaller displacement sub-100hp engine. "uhhh."

        read up sailor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        no. the mini one was a lower end model that was not sold in the US. with a smaller displacement sub-100hp engine. "uhhh."

        read up sailor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These would sell well. A fun DD with crazy gas mileage. Take that Pious! Err Prius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why can't we get the diesel power plant here? The minute MINI brings it to the USA I am buying one of these toys. I drove the Mini Cooper-S in CA this summer, that was lots of fun but I was not impressed with the gas mileage. I am not running out to buy one yet. Plan on going to Europe next month and hoping to rent one of the diesels. At the projected 60 miles per gallon I would love to own one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mini Cooper D has a fuel economy rating in the Euro cycle of
      67 mpg (US) highway
      50 mpg (US) city
      60 mpg (US) combined
      It still has 110 horsepower, which is plenty for a car that small.
        • 7 Years Ago
        From my time spent looking over EU fuel economy data and comparing to EPA numbers, I've found that 2008 EPA numbers match up as EU Urban = EPA City and EU Combined = EPA Highway when all are in US gallons. In other words, if EPA 2008 rated, the Mini D would be somewhere around 50 city/60 highway.

        Combined that with 192 ft-lbs and I'll sign on the dotted line.

        Hey hybrids: eat those numbers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        RMC - Ok. The honda insight, which is very similarly sized to the MINI, trumps the MINI D in fuel economy. Oh yeah, it was $20k as well, where I'm guessing this MINI will cost as much as or more w/ the diesel powerplant. Then, if you compare to the Prius, which gets very similar mileage and would be very similar as far as fuel costs, you'll notice that the Prius comfortably carries 4 people and their luggage at a starting price just over $21k. Then add in the fact that we are comparing a brand spanking new diesel to 4 to 5 year old hybrid technology. The MINI only really trumps the hybrids in the 'fun to drive' and 'available manual trans' category.

        I love my wife's MINI Cooper S, and we never plan on getting rid of it. The back seats are worthless for anyone over 8 years old and we have special luggage that fits in the hatch because normal bags won't fit. When we have children, the MINI will be purely a fun, extra car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I cant wait to take one of those bad boys out, that is if they really do release it, which they should diesels are awesome for doing burnouts something the other mini's are lacking!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want a MINI S diesel.

      High performance small diesel.

      Quick, somebody - figure out how to do it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool car
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll order a Clubman D today if they just bring them to the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wooooowhoooo
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the Mini D comes to the US along with diesel versions of everything in BMW's lineup. I hope BMW in the US becomes known as the high performance diesel manufacturer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will it be diesel, or auto start-stop or both? I'm thinking it'll just be auto start-stop, but I'd love to be wrong on this one and have a Mini D head our way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd love to believe it -- and there's certainly the possibility. But going solely off that little bit of a teaser I'd likely think they'd implement the auto-shut-off-at-stoplights bit that is MUCH cheaper to implement (and get through the EPA).
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