Our friends at Bigblogg managed to be in the right place at the right time. They’ve had a peak under the hood of a Countryman with the much rumored (and definitely coming) BMW 2.0 diesel engine. While BMW has many flavors of 2.0L diesel we expect MINI to launch with the mill out of the BMW 316 which should give the new MINI D around 115 hp and well north 60 mpg combined that the 316 gets.
We expect this to be the first of several BMW diesel engines shoehorned into the MINI over the years culminating in a Cooper S D with power similar to the current MCS.
It goes without saying that the US market will not be getting this car. But if you want more efficiency and live in the US, MINI will have something pretty compelling soon. We’ll tell you more about that next week.