MINI Plugs Into The Future With New Electric Concept

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MINI has taken the wraps off its new Electric concept.

Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Electric concept was designed to appeal to city dwellers and offers a "window into how pure-electric day-to-day mobility might look in the years ahead."

Looking like a futuristic MINI Cooper, the concept features a unique grille which is flanked by LED headlights and a sporty front bumper with "simulated air intakes.”

The racy styling continues further back as designers installed flush-mounted door handles and fiberglass side skirts. There are also distinctive 19-inch wheels which have aerodynamic inlays that were created by using a 3D printer.

The rear end is slightly more conventional as it boasts a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a fiberglass diffuser. MINI's British origins are also on display as the concept has bespoke LED taillights with Union Jack accents.

Motivation is provided by an electric powertrain which uses a "powerful" motor. There's no word on specifications but MINI says the concept is responsive and delivers a go-kart feeling.

The fact that the concept looks nearly production ready shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the company reaffirmed its commitment to launch a new electric vehicle in 2019. As BMW AG Chairman Harald Krüger explained, "The MINI Electric concept offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle."

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