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Exclusive: Sources at the Oxford Plant have confirmed that the first MINI (in this case a R55 Clubman) went down the line with a BMW 2.0L diesel installed in the engine bay yesterday. As we reported earlier this month BMW is set to introduce the new line-up of BMW derived diesel engines for 2011. While specs are still hazy, we expect around 150bhp and loads more torque. In fact it doesn’t take much to realize that this new powerplant will be easily as par with the Cooper S 1.6L petrol unit and could in fact be marketed as a Cooper S D or even a JCW D. But the key number to remember here is that this engine (in 200+ bhp 123d BMW format) gets over 45 mpg combined in UK MPG numbers.

Now for those in the US desperately waiting for diesel availability, we don’t have specific news for you. However we can say that plan for a US diesel have been both cancelled and reinstated in the last few months and we can’t help but think this ultra efficient (and powerful) BMW sourced diesel powerplant has something to do with it. As always check back daily as more information is coming as fast as we can post it.