March 05, 2003
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MINI One D - Plant Oxford's latest edition and world premiere
Photo: Automotive Intelligence
Geneva - The MINI One D made
its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show this year. It will be the
fourth model to join the MINI range and is the first series production
MINI ever to feature a diesel engine. Combining the fuel economy of a
modern diesel engine, whilst maintaining the agile driving characteristics
so typical of MINI, the MINI One D will go on sale in the UK on June 7,
2003. Pricing will be confirmed nearer to launch.
The 'heart' of the MINI One D
is a 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine, developed in co-operation with
Toyota Motor Corporation. During a two-year development period this engine
was specially modified for use in MINI. The MINI One D engine produces
75bhp and maximum torque of 180Nm at just 2000rpm. This high-performance
direct injection diesel engine combines second generation Common Rail
technology with a turbocharger featuring an intercooler. To save weight
the cylinder head and crankcase are made from aluminium giving the MINI
One D an unladen weight of 1,175Kg.
Fuel consumption in the
combined cycle averages 58.9 mpg, and on 50 litres of diesel the MINI One
D has a range of up to 625 miles. This means that frugal minded drivers
will be able to drive from the Isle of Skye to the Isle of Wight on just
one tank of fuel. The CO2 emission figure of 129g/km, ensures that the
MINI One D falls into the lowest company car tax bracket*.
The six-speed manual
transmission, which is fitted as standard on the MINI One D (and also the
MINI Cooper S), has been specially adapted to the diesel engine's
characteristics in order to make the most effective use of the car's
power. The 0-62mph sprint is reached in 13.8 seconds, whilst in fourth
gear 50 to 75 mph is achieved in just12.3 seconds. The sixth gear ratio
has been reduced in order to lower the engine's speed and fuel consumption
on long distance journeys.
The MINI One D has been
differentiated from the MINI One by a MINI One D logo on the rear boot lid
and MINI Cooper S side sills. In addition, the MINI One D has bigger
front-end air intakes for extra engine cooling and a closed off rear
bumper skirt concealing the exhaust pipe.