For you Mike (fuck, we have too many Mini topics on this blog…):
Set to hit the European market later this year, the MINI Cooper One D promise hybrid-like fuel mileage without the added cost and weight associated with a hybrid system. Joining the MINI One as one of the marque’s most modestly priced models, the diesel-powered MINI One D promises to return the equivalent of 60 mpg.
While most of that fuel sipping can be attributed to the car’s BMW-sourced 90 horsepower diesel engine, MINI engineers also include a few other bits of green tech. The One D will employ a regenerative braking system to help recoup some energy for accessory power and a start-stop system will ensure no fuel is wasted while the vehicle is at a stop.
Performance is also decent for a green machine with the sprint from 0-60 taking 11.5 seconds – not too far off from current hybrids. And, thanks to the MINI badge, the One D should feel right at home on the twisty bits.
There are no current plans to bring the MINI One D to the States, but with U.S. diesel sales starting to take off, and Americanized version might not be too far off.
Probably a bit too expensive for an econobox, but a tad sportier than the lot as well.