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Mini diesels may be on way to U.S.

Mini might fit diesels on the platform used for the 2014 Cooper hardtop.

Mini is considering offering diesels in the United States.

The new front-wheel-drive platform used for the 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop -- and shared with the upcoming BMW 2-series Active Tourer -- allows for different powertrain options, including hybrids and U.S.-spec diesels.

All other Mini models, including the just-face-lifted 2015 Countryman and Paceman, are built on older platforms. While they are available as diesels in Europe and elsewhere, they cannot be fitted with a diesel in the United States because an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) filter and urea tank are required here for emissions.

"Fitting them with a diesel would provide packaging problems," said Pat McKenna, Mini's U.S. product planning chief. But he said diesels are being considered for the next-generation Countryman, which is expected to arrive in about three years.

It will use a stretched variation of the same platform that underpins the 2014 Mini Cooper.

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