We’ve received a couple of noteworthy questions in the MotoringFile inbox of late, and we’d like to share the answers with the whole community. First comes this question from Dusty regarding diesel availability for the Paceman in the US:

As I’m sure you’re heard hundreds of times regarding diesels for the US market, it would be cool if you could post any updates to the new Paceman engine choices for the US market. Hopefully the SD model will make it to the US. Thanks much!!

What we currently know, and have reported on in the past, is that if a diesel option comes to the US, it won’t be until the 2014 model year with the F56. That’s at the soonest. If and when the diesel option comes to the Countryman or Paceman, it’ll likely be on a delay of several months after. Right now, our sources are still unsure just which specific diesel power plant we would get here in the states — be it D, SD or a third engine specifically for this market. But fingers crossed for the engine in the Cooper SD range of MINIs. In the R60 and R61 especially, it’s a fantastic choice.