2007 Mini One and Cooper D

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Mini rolls out two new models that we won't get. But now that diesels are finally catching on here in the states, could the brand be considering bringing the Cooper D our way? With a torque peak of 191 lb-ft, we hope so.

The rollout of a new generation of Minis continues at this year's Geneva Auto Salon with two new Euro-only models, the Mini One and Mini Cooper D.; The former uses a teensy, 1.4-liter version of the same BMW-developed engine of the Cooper, complete with Valvetronic variable valve timing. After conversion, the 95 horsepower Mini One achieves 41.3 miles per U.S. gallon, albeit in the British urban/extra-urban combined cycle, and gets to sixty in 10.9 seconds.

More impressive is the 53.5 mpg achieved in the same testing by the Cooper D (the D standing, as you may have guessed, for diesel.) That car employs a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that produces 110 horsepower and, with the car's overboost fuction, a peak of 191 lb-ft of torque. Both cars come standard with a 6-speed manual, while an automatic with the same number of cogs is optional. When they go on sale in Europe, the Mini One will cost just under $23,000 USD, while the Cooper D will fetch $5000 more. Don't expect the Mini One to come to the power-hungry American market any time soon, but with diesel on the rise here, the D could have a slim chance in the coming years.

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