A MINI engineer has revealed to AutoExpress via an interview that the auto maker is considering to produce a diesel-powered variant of the high performance MINI John Cooper Works and we can expect a launch date sometime in 2010. The engineer also revealed that the diesel powered version would actually be more powerful than the current petrol powered variant, and not only in terms of torque figures.

The hot hatch will most probably be called the Cooper D JCW and and will feature a 1.6L turbo-diesel. Recently, the BMW-owned brand revealed the drop-top version of the MINI John Cooper Works which is also powered by the same turbocharged 1.6 litre engine found in the hatchback that is good for 211HP and 290Nm of torque.