MINI has released information on two new cars that it will add to its lineup positioned below the Cooper and Cooper S models. First up is a new sporty diesel called the Mini Cooper D. The previous generation MINI had a diesel model that was powered by a 1.4L four-cylinder motor sourced from Toyota. For the Mark II range, MINI has adopted a cleaner and more powerful 1.6L turbodiesel unit that will be shared by both Peugeot and Ford as well. The new engine develops 109bhp and 192lb-ft of torque on overboost and produces only 118g of carbon per km, while delivering mileage rates of up to 64.2mpg.
The second model introduction is a new entry-level model labeled the MINI One. This version drops the Chrysler sourced 1.6L engine in favor of a lighter, more economical and more powerful aluminum 1.4L unit. Output of the new engine is 95bhp and 103lb-ft of torque and a new six-speed manual gearbox comes standard across the MINI range. Both cars will be displayed to the public at March’s Geneva Motor Show with sales expected to start in April.