Mini previews 2019 electric vehicle

James Marshall
August 31, 2017

BMW's United Kingdom subsidiary Mini will be showcasing its new electric concept at the upcoming International Motor Show (IAA) at Frankfurt, Germany this year.

Whilst retaining classic Mini design cues, the Electric Concept also introduces a range of efficiency-optimised touches, some of which preview the design themes that could potentially make it onto the 2019 production model.

Mini started dabbling with electrical drivetrains almost a decade ago, first releasing over 600 of its Mini E demonstrators into the wild in a field trial study in 2008.

No technical details of the Electric concept have yet been released, MINI only stating that the auto 'combines a drive system that is always quick off the mark with a precision-tuned suspension - the drivetrain and performance characteristics offer an enthralling drive on both city streets and country roads that is typical of the MINI product range'. The drivetrain and performance characteristics are aimed at offering an enthralling drive on both city streets and country roads.

MINI has yet to divulge details on the Electric Concept's powertrain but it is described as having a "powerful electric motor", suggesting the production model will be quicker than the majority of other electric vehicles on the market.

The radiator grille and front headlights have been reinterpreted to reflect the emission-free technology under the bonnet.

Despite styling similarities with the regular three-door Mini range, the Electric Concept also introduces new themes including a blanked off grille, smoother wheel arch detailing, and an intricate side sill design that incorporates an air breather up front and a small integrated wing at the trailing edge. The car's silhouette is composed of taut, clean-cut surfaces which produce a minimalist impression. The paint finish is Reflection Silver - a matt liquid metal colour shade.

The rear is marked out by LED taillights that each form one half of the Union Jack, as well as a fiberglass diffuser and more aerodynamic air deflectors. A production version of the MINI ELECTRIC CONCEPT, as aforementioned, will be unveiled in 2019.

"The Mini Electric Concept offers a preview of the all-electric production vehicle".

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