Months after announcing that there will be electric version of the Mini, the automaker has officially revealed an all-new concept that previews their future EV. Simply called the Mini Electric Concept, this all-electric hatchback signifies the brand's eventual entry into making mass market EVs.
Slated to make its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Electric Concept brings the iconic design of the Mini and combines it with electric mobility while preserving the signature go-kart handling. It previews an upcoming production vehicle that is slated to debut in 2019 and features a futuristic rendition of Mini's current design language.
“With its characteristic go-kart feeling and powerful electric motor, the MINI Electric Concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot. That’s how we at MINI envisage electric mobility in tomorrow’s world,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
Compared to existing production models, Mini claims the Electric Concept has a more flowing design while still keeping the signature shape. Up front, it gets the distinct hexagonal grill and circular headlights. Since it does need air for combustion, Mini opted to close the front grill for better aerodynamics. Meanwhile, the headlights come with LED lighting and feature an 'E-shaped' design, denotings its EV lineage.
Towards the rear, the LED taillights feature the iconic 'Union Jack' design while the rear bumper and side skirts have a multi-slatted design. Also catching our attention on the Electric concept are the funky 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires.
“The Mini Electric Concept is a quintessential Mini – compact, agile, simply the ideal companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president, BMW Group Design.
Beside the intricately-detailed exterior, Mini also kept weight down by using lightweight materials such as fiberglass and 3D-printed plastic components. Parts of the car such as the inlays on the wheels, bolt-on side panels and bodykit are all made from lightweight materials.
Mini has yet to describe the electric powertrain of the hatchback concept but Mini did mention earlier that come 2019, a production version will come into fruition.