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by Matt Brogan

Update: Mini Cooper D Review

MINI have confirmed today the Cooper D Hardtop will be available for sale in Australia sometime toward the middle of this year.

The new MINI Cooper D demonstrates the great potential of modern diesel engines more impressively than ever before producing fewer CO2 emissions than hybrid cars on sale in Australia, yet still provides sporty performance from its 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine.

The MINI Cooper D comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. It also features Auto Start Stop technology, Brake Energy Regeneration (previously only available on the BMW M3) and a Shift Point Display that prompts the driver to make upshifts at the most economical time.

In addition, the MINI Cooper D has a streamlined underbody aerodynamic panel for reduced drag, and on-demand functioning ancillaries, such as Electric Power Assisted Steering, a switchable water pump, and volume flow regulated oil pump, all aimed at reducing fuel consumption.

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The 80kW diesel engine delivers a punchy 240Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,000rpm, 70 percent of which is available at just 1,250rpm.

This is the third turbocharged MINI engine, joining the petrol-fuelled MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works models, both of which feature twin scroll turbocharging.

Like the MINI Cooper S engines, the Cooper D engine also offers a torque “Overboost” feature. This injection of an extra 20Nm of grunt punts peak torque to 260Nm at short notice, for even swifter overtaking. The “Overboost” is accessed by pressing the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor.

The Cooper D offers a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.9-litres per 100km, with only 104g/km of CO2 emitted and is identified externally by a more muscular curve to the power dome on the bonnet (which accommodates the larger induction plumbing).

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A large intake below the bumper, which feeds air to the heat exchanger, has a unique patterned grille, and is bisected by a slim, body coloured bar.

As with all MINI models, the MINI Cooper D customer will be able to specify a car to their exact requirements with the biggest choice of interior and exterior trim and colour options. The full range of MINI factory and dealer fit accessories will also be available. Full specification and pricing information will be announced closer to launch.




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