Brand product boss Pat McKenna told AutoGuide the all-new MINI could be offered with a diesel engine in the United States.

Brand product boss Pat McKenna told AutoGuide the all-new MINI could be offered with a diesel engine in the United States.

There seems to be an increasing demand in the United States for a diesel MINI but the automaker is "still exploring" this option which would be "in the realm of possibility with this car." The popularity of diesel engines has started to grow in the United States in recent years and according to Pat McKenna it is important for people to overcome any perception that such an engine isn't suitable for a MINI.

If there will be a diesel for the U.S.-spec MINI, chances are it will be the 1.5-liter turbodiesel from the Cooper D which offers 114 bhp (85 kW) and 269 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. The frugal MINI can return 67.1 mpg US (80.7 mpg UK or 3.5 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of 92 g/km. U.S. customers could also get a more powerful diesel engine from the upcoming Cooper SD.

Before a diesel engine will cross the ocean, MINI will launch a plug-in hybrid variant of one of their models but Pat McKenna didn't specific exactly which one. He did admit the company is taking into consideration bringing the car to United States since he believes there is a real market potential for such a model.

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