MINI has just announced two more engine variants for the F56 three-door hatch range. Forming the base of the model family is the new MINI One First, which slots in below the MINI One, while the MINI Cooper SD sits at the top of the diesel range, alongside the petrol-powered Cooper S.

The entry-level F56 MINI One First gets a new detuned version of the standard One’s 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine. The MINI TwinPower Turbo unit employs direct injection and double-VANOS (variable intake and exhaust timing) technologies, and offer 75 hp and 150 Nm of torque, the latter as low as 1,400 rpm.

Getting from 0-100 km/h takes a lengthy 12.8 seconds, while it averages as low as 5.0 litres per 100 km. That compares unfavourably next to the One’s 102 hp/180 Nm outputs, 9.9 second 0-100 km/h time and 4.6 l/100 km average. On the flipside, that makes it a natural successor to the previous-gen MINI One (98 hp/150 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 12.3 seconds, 6.7 l/100 km).

On the outside, the MINI One First should be similar to the One (pictured here), with reflector headlights, high-gloss black radiator grille ribs and black bumper strip, tailgate handle and wing mirrors. It was first announced with 15-inch steel wheels with covers, though the One seen here is fitted with optional alloy wheels.

The F56 MINI Cooper SD, meanwhile, uses the brand’s most powerful diesel engine to date – a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo motor with 170 hp and 360 Nm of torque. Fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission, it gets to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds (manual is 0.1 second slower) while consuming just 4.0 l/100 km.

With these additions, the F56 MINI hatch range now has seven engine variants (four petrol and three diesel) – none of which are carried over from the outgoing model. Here in Malaysia, the three-door hatchback is offered in Cooper and Cooper S forms, with prices starting from RM178,888. The MINI One or One First? You’ll know when we do.

F56 MINI One First

F56 MINI Cooper SD