Three-Door MINI One First and Cooper SD Heading to Dealerships this Summer

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After the launch of the 5-door Hardtop last week and the introduction of a world premiere in the shape of the new diesel engine under the bonnet of the Cooper SD model, MINI decided to bring the same powerplant to the 3-door version as well.
Therefore, starting this summer (July), the 3-door Hardtop Cooper SD will be available in dealerships worldwide. Fitted with a 2-liter turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine under the bonnet making 170 HP and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque, the lightweight car will be pretty fast and economical.

100 km/h (62 mph) comes in 7.3 seconds from a standstill with a manual 6-speed gearbox while the 6-speed Steptronic will do the same sprint 0.1 seconds faster. At the same time, according to MINI, the average fuel consumption will be around 4 l/100 km (58.8 mpg) with CO2 emissions rated at 104 to 110 grams per km.

The other alternative, the MINI One First will be the most economical version they build in the current Mk3 guise. Using VANOS technology on a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, the new entry-level model will have 75 HP at its disposal and 150 Nm (110 lb-ft) of torque.

Of course, from a dynamic point of view, the One First will not be the hardcore track car you might want it to be. The 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint will be done in 12.8 seconds while fuel consumption is rated between 5 to 5.2 l/100 km (47-45 mpg). This model will only be available with a manual 6-speed gearbox.

Prices will surely differ quite a lot between the two. While the One First will be the cheapest version the company sells, until the John Cooper Works model comes out, the Cooper SD will, most likely, become the most expensive, overtaking the Cooper S. However, no official pricing has been released at this time.
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