Mini previews 2019 electric car

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 by

Headed to the , the new previews the company’s upcoming zero-emissions production car

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Last year BMW boss Harald Krüger promised an all-electric by 2019, and at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show the latest concept car will give us a preview of the real thing.

Mini started dabbling with electrical drivetrains nearly a decade ago, first releasing over 600 of its Mini E demonstrators into the wild in a field trial study in 2008. It took until this year however, for Mini to launch its first plug-in hybrid vehicle in the form of the 2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4.

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Headed by BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk, the latest electric Mini puts a new spin on the company’s classic styling cues, with a silver and yellow contrasting colour scheme, a closed grille in the traditional hexagonal shape, and an aerodynamic front apron with faux air intakes that are also closed.

“Aerodynamics and lightweight design aren’t just important in the world of motor sport; they are also essential factors for maximising electric range,” said van Hooydonk.

The dark-coloured 19-inch wheels are in an asymmetrical design, with low-drag aerodynamic inserts made using a 3D printer.

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.

Painted in a reflective silver finish, the Mini Electric concept features a mix of matte and gloss surfaces to add contrast, and yellow accents in the roof and side skirts, mirrors and the front grille.

Mini doesn’t reveal any information regarding the technical specifications of the upcoming 2019 production , and this Frankfurt-bound concept provides no peek into the interior either. We can expect BMW to utilise tech in its i3 or even the new 2018 i3s hot-hatch (Why not?) worth 184 horsepower.

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