MINI Cooper D to get 72.4 MPG

Hybrids are all the rage these days, what with the Prius being rated at over 50 MPG ( estimated mid 40’s for 2008 ).  Our good friends overseas have something even better though.  The upcoming Mini Cooper D, due to start being produced in August 2007, is expected to get a rating of 72.4 MPG – without the help of hybrid technology.

That’s right, over 70 MPG with no hybrid powertrain – something that, to my knowledge, has never been done before.  Hell, only the smallest of hybrids, the Honda Insight, has been rated that high.  So, how does BMW eke that mileage out of the Cooper D?  Take a look –

  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Auto Start-Stop Function

Basically, features that to this point, have only been available on hybrid vehicles.  My question is this – when in the world will we see this vehicle in the US?  The wife has been mulling over a Mini for her next car ( probably will go with the Altima Coupe at this point ), but if the Cooper D comes here with 70+ MPG, that might change things.


Published on May 25, 2007 in Gas Mileage

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