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Although MINI only offers its gasoline-powered models in North American, the diesel-equipped MINI Cooper D is a popular alternative overseas. Tight federal emissions regulations and the high price of diesel have kept MINI from bringing the D over from Europe, but corporate executives have confirmed that they are considering selling a future, cleaner-burning diesel model in the States.

While diesels haven't been a big hit in the North American market until recently, the price difference between diesel and the premium gasoline required for a standard MINI Cooper makes it more feasible. Bosch is currently testing a modified Cooper D in the U.S. and it can supposedly get up to 60 mpg. If MINI can get the emissions in check and prove that demand is high enough, we could see a diesel MINI – in hatch, cabrio, Clubman and potential crossover body-styles – within a couple of years.

[Source: USA Today via Kicking Tires]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, the cooper D has only been around for about 2 years (as opposed to the one D), so that's not too far off from VW and the diesel Rabbit I guess. :(

      6 speed manual and around 50 mpg sounds enticing, but still probably going for a Subie when their diesel hits. Yeah, the awd is a penalty on mileage, but I was in the 10% of people that made it to work last month after the last snowfall in Indy (which sucks miserably at snow management).
      • 6 Years Ago
      [voice style="Cookie Monster"] Me...want...MINI D! [/voice]
      • 6 Years Ago
      And thats not spirited driving, that was a track day. Gross exaggeration.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here's the video. Make up your own mind.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you responding to me?

        It was closer to an autocross. It was not a track day as there was no track, it was all done in a small area with lots of tight turns. Now who is exaggerating?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it really makes 60mpg, it'll be rather popular. But even the ABG article doesn't say it can make 60mpg. They in fact got under 50.

      Fifth Gear tested the Cooper D and found that in the kind of driving they did (admittedly somewhat spirited) the mpg was barely better than the regular Cooper and in fact given the higher price of Diesel was actually probably more expensive to run.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and based on that figure, the EPA will likely find it perfectly fine to slap a 35mpg hwy label on it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        " the MINI still managed to traverse 47 miles for every U.S.-sized gallon of diesel. Considering that most of the driving was around town without any hypermiling techniques, that's exceptional."

        47mpg... around town...

        • 6 Years Ago
        If you are comparing spirited driving MPG in the Cooper D versus unspirited driving in the gasoline model. The other thing is people driving out on the road cannot drive WOT [wide open throttle] 24/7. I drive my TDI spirited [non- Top gear version] on the road when the right time permits & I get excellent MPG still. The turbo diesel likes more air for greater power. In a NA gas vehicle you want more power you need exponentially more fuel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With how long it is taking to get any new diesels on this side of the pond, we are more likely to see hoverboards running off of flux capacitors on the US Interstate system than Mini D's.

      This thing should have been here years ago. I'd like to thank the states (you know who you are) and the EPA for making it impossible for manufacturers to sell practical, 50MPG+, small ecofootprint, personal transportations devices on our soil.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Actually, the VW Jetta TDI hit the market right around the same time as the 335d here in the US. both were later in 2008 IIRC.
        • 6 Years Ago

        BMW has now brought all of their promised clean diesels to the States.

        VW has been teasing with the idea of clean diesel Audis for years.

        If you don't believe me, please go down to the local Audi dealer and request a clean diesel Audi to test-drive.

        Do not eat, sleep, or pee until you get to drive one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW seems to be better about that than, say VW group.

        The 335d and X5d are here, way ahead of the A4 and Q7 diesels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not all of them: the car in the article is a BMW.

        Plus, my TDI is ten years old.

        No, it was a pleasure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Huh? The VW Group has had diesel vehicles on sale in the US for years. They were selling TDIs in various parts of the model lineup long before BMW brought out US-market diesels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would trade my 05 Cooper S for one of these; please bring it in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sign me up!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's about time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be so awesome...if I could get my size 14's to work the pedals!
        • 6 Years Ago
        And not to mention that the MINI has more room inside than some bigger cars.
      • 6 Years Ago

      O snap! This would be freaking awesome!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I'd go for a diesel as my next ride...this Mini would be that exact car.
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