Mini axes diesel models to focus on petrol, hybrid and EVs instead

Mini axes diesel models to focus on petrol, hybrid and EVs instead

The Countryman Cooper D option has now been removed from sale

Mini has confirmed that none of its new cars will be available with a diesel engine as changing buying habits mean demand for the fuel continues to plummet. 

The British brand hasn’t offered a diesel option in its best-selling Hatch, Convertible or Clubman for several years, though you could still buy its largest car – the Countryman – with a Cooper D diesel option. 

However, the brand’s price lists now show that this option is no longer available, leaving buyers with the choice of petrol Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, along with the increasingly popular Plug-in Hybrid, which can travel for 26 miles on electricity.

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Limited demand for diesel means that car brands often decide not to put these options through the new emissions regulations, though Autocar reports that the Countryman Cooper S became Euro 6d-compliant in July. A Mini spokesperson told the magazine that its range is “reviewed and refined on an ongoing basis in order to reflect customer preferences”. 

Sister brand BMW has also removed certain diesel models from its range as well, including the outgoing 2 Series Coupe and Convertible, along with the brand’s powerful ‘M50d’ diesel engine, which was previously found in the X5, X6 and X7 SUVs. 

The two firms are the latest to remove certain diesel options. Manufacturers such as Renault and Volvo have also both recently announced the fuel option will be removed from the ranges of its core models due to limited demand.

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