Pat McKenna, MINI's product chief has revealed that the automaker has received a lot of demand for a diesel from its customers and dealer network, but no final decision has been made. If MINI does decide to bring a diesel-powered Cooper to the U.S., it will most likely be powered by a 1.5L three-cylinder diesel engine with 116 horsepower and 199 lb-ft. of torque. In Europe this engine is rated at 67 mpg on the EU cycle.
McKenna also revealed that a plug-in hybrid MINI is in the works and will it will join the MINI family before a diesel does here.
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The Torque Report, citing MINI USA as its source, says in part:
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