MINI has added a pair of new options to its growing Cooper hatch range, one a top-shelf diesel and the other an entry-level petrol model.
Topping the duo is the Cooper SD, which joins the three-door hatch after it was first announced with the new five-door last week.
Entering above the Cooper D diesel, the SD model features a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder that offers 125kW and 360Nm of torque from 1500rpm.
It’s the twist that does the trick, with that meaty 360Nm contributing to a relatively swift 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds in six-speed manual form and 7.2 seconds with the six-speed auto.
By comparison, the previous Cooper SD featured a 106kW and 305Nm 1.6 litre turbodiesel, delivering a much tamer 0-100km/h run of 8.1 seconds.
As for the regular ‘D’ model in the latest Cooper range, power is provided by a more pedestrian 85kW/270Nm three-cylinder turbodiesel, replacing the 82kW/270Nm 1.6 litre turbo four in the old model.
On the petrol side of the fence, the Cooper S gets a 141kW and 280Nm turbo four, getting you to 100km/h in a sharper 6.8 seconds.
The new Cooper SD again borrows its styling from the faster Cooper S petrol model, including a sports body-kit with a mesh grille, special badging, larger wheels and centre-mounted twin exhaust at the rear.
MINI One First
MINI has also detailed a new ‘One First’ model that will slot in below the already entry-level MINI One.
Power in the One First is provided by a turbocharged 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 55kW and 150Nm mated to a six-speed manual.
The affordability-focused One First will dawdle to 100km/h in 12.8 seconds, delivering fuel consumption figures of around 5.0 l/100km.
Above the One First is the One that was revealed in February, where the same small engine offers 75kW and 180Nm of torque.
With the six-speed manual, that model promises a noteably quicker 0-100km/h time of 9.9 seconds, while the auto will get there in 10.2.
Interestingly, the One promises even better fuel, coming in at around 4.6 to 4.9 l/100km in manual form.
NOTE: MINI Cooper pictured.
An Australian debut for the Cooper SD is understood to be under consideration. The previous SD was not offered in Australia, but with growing interest in diesel models, a quicker and sharper-looking model above the Cooper D could be the ticket.
Likewise, the MINI One models could also make an Australian debut, although we would be likely to see the 75kW model rather than the 55kW.
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