The Mini brand was resurrected for the 2001 model year, five years after the original Cooper ceased to exist. Initially available only as a three-door hatch and two-door convertible, the new Mini quickly grew into a lineup that included the Clubman , the Countryman , the Coupe and the Paceman . The first-gen model survived for only five years, being replaced by the second-gen in 2006. In 2013, the brand new, third-generation Mini was unveiled, this time riding atop BMW ’s UKL1 platform.
Mini already debuted a brand-new diesel engine for the Cooper 5-Door , and the Brits decided to give that same oil burner to the three-door version as well. We’re talking about the 2.0-liter four-banger that generates 170 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, and enables the Cooper DS to become the most powerful diesel Cooper ever created.
Of course, it’s not overly fast from naught to 62 mph, but its 7.3-second second sprint is good enough considering the hatchback claims to return up to 58 mpg on the highway. The 0-to-62 mph figure drops to 7.2 seconds when the engine is paired to the six-speed Steptronic transmission. Sporty and efficient, a recipe that fits today’s demanding market like a glove.
Unfortunately, there’s no word as to whether this nippy fuel sipper will hit U.S. shores or not, but don’t expect to find it at a dealership near you this year. On the other hand, those of you who live in the United Kingdom can order one starting July 2014.
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Mini Cooper SD in detail
Visually, the Cooper SD shares most of its body features with the Cooper S . The front bumper features a slightly different grille, larger fog lamps and the two additional apron intakes that aren’t available on the base model. Around back, the bumper comes with a revised lower piece and a center-mounted twin-exhaust system. To avoid any confusion between the diesel and the gasoline S models, the SD sports a proper badge on its hatch.
Although not all Cooper SD models have a British Racing Green exterior, white, rally-style wheels and stripes, this combo is more than suited considering the hatchback’s sporty character. The perfect embodiment of Mini heritage lies in front of you!
The new MINI remains on course for growth. After its successful market launch, the engine range for the new original in the small car premium segment continues to expand as of July 2014. In future, the selection will include the new MINI Cooper SD as the most powerful diesel variant and the new entry-level petrol engine model MINI One First. Both newcomers offer an impressively favourable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. In total there are now seven power units available for the model produced at the British MINI plant in Oxford, including four petrol and three diesel engines - all of which were completely newly developed.
The new engine generation with three or four cylinders and MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology creates the basis for a clear boost in terms of both agility and efficiency in the new version of the MINI. This is also demonstrated in the latest additions to the model program. The engine in the new MINI Cooper SD is the most powerful diesel ever in a vehicle of the MINI brand. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine generates a peak output of 125 kW/170 hp, putting its maximum torque of 360 Newton metres on stream at 1 500 rpm. Its MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology has a turbocharging system with variable turbine geometry and common rail injection with magnet valve injectors operating at a maximum pressure of 2 000 bar. This combination enables both highly spontaneous power delivery as well as a precisely controlled fuel supply.
Thanks to the pulling power of the new diesel engine, the MINI Cooper SD completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The optionally available 6-speed Steptronic transmission enables an acceleration figure of 7.2 seconds. This sporty temperament is combined with an average fuel consumption of 4.0 to 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres in each case, with CO2 emissions of 106 to 110 grams per kilometre (automatic: 104 to 108 g/km, EU test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).
In the new MINI One First, too, cutting-edge engine technology ensures hallmark brand driving fun is combined with exemplary efficiency. The MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology in its 3-cylinder petrol engine comprises turbocharging, petrol direct injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). In this way, an output of 55 kW/75 hp is mobilised from a capacity of 1.2 litres. The entry-level variant among the petrol engines also offers spontaneous power delivery, with a maximum torque of 150 Newton metres going on stream at 1 400 rpm. The new MINI One First reaches the 100 km/h mark from standing in 12.8 seconds. Its average fuel consumption is 5.0 to 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres, while the relevant CO2 emissions rating is between 117 and 122 grams per kilometre (figures based on EU test cycle, dependent on selected tyre format).