MINI Plugs Into The Future With New Electric Concept

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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  • Dennis James

    Looks pretty cool, design-wise. Many interesting little details.

    But I’m really tired of dozens of electric concepts while only a handful of models are actually on the market. Release them already !

    • TheBelltower

      Completely agree. What’s with the endless concepts? BMW has already done a Mini EV, and has EV production ready to go.

    • Infinite1

      +1

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  • Auto

    The mini electric? very creative name.

  • Six Thousand Times

    An eMINI does make sense.

  • Denzel

    Most electric Concepts look production-ready already so I think they should just released them just like that but minor differences just so that they can be pedestrian safe.

  • Bash

    Still not a mini. lol

  • fabri99

    How about you give us the Rocket-man instead?

  • Infinite1

    Looks good

  • sidewaysspin

    You look at the drawings and then look at the real thing what a disappointment alot of the small nuances that made it look great in those drawings were lost in translation.

  • atomiccow

    “Mini-MEE” (millenial electric edition) would be the perfect name for it. Like how Austin Powers was a Canadian film parodying British pop culture, this is a German car trying really hard to remind us of it’s British heritage.

    On a serious note though, I think the Union Jack taillights are really cool.

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