With the ability to return a fuel-economy of 74 miles to the gallon – you would think it would be a no-brainer for BMW to bring the MINI Cooper D to the U.S. However the car is not approved to be sold in all 50 states in the U.S. and BMW has no plans to offer the diesel Cooper on the stateside until that becomes a reality.
BMW refuses to say when that might happen but says that it will go ahead with a diesel Cooper for the U.S. when the emissions system is more robust.
The MINI Cooper D is powered by a 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine that produces 108-hp and allows for a 0-60 sprint in 9.7 seconds.
If the MINI Cooper D ever came to the U.S. it is estimated that it will cost around $7,000 more than the base Cooper model – or about $25,000.
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