Hot hatch performance and 66mpg – that’s what MINI’s first diesel pocket rocket promises.
The new Cooper SD will be available as a hatch, Clubman, Countryman and Convertible. Our main picture shows it in special-edition Clubman Hampton guise, but all variants will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel delivering 141bhp.
That’s 31bhp more than the current top-spec diesel, the Cooper D. Torque output also increases from 270Nm to 305Nm. As a result, the Cooper SD hatch covers 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds – the same as VW’s Golf GTD. It claims 65.7mpg economy and emits 114g/km of CO2, meaning £30-a-year road tax.
A six-speed manual box is standard, with buyers able to specify a six-speed auto, which will also be offered on the Cooper D. Prices have yet to be revealed, but the Cooper SD is expected to start at around £18,000 for the three-door at launch in the spring.
The Clubman Hampton arrives at the same time, and comes in Cooper S and Cooper D trims, too. It gets Reef Blue metallic paint, a leather sports steering wheel and foglamps.
Bosses have also announced a John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for manual Cooper S cars made since last March. This hikes power by 16bhp to 184bhp, and adds a sportier exhaust note, plus 18-inch alloys.
A new John Cooper Works pack is offered as a factory-fit option on new versions of the hatch and Convertible, too. It doesn’t boost power, but brings a bodykit and upgraded traction control. Prices for both JCW upgrades have yet to be revealed.