One D made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4,
2003. It is the first series production MINI ever to feature a
diesel engine. The MINI One D will go on sale in the UK on June 7,
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.