MINI concept vehicle previews first all-electric production model

MINI concept vehicle previews first all-electric production model

While staying true to its Mini roots, the Electric Concept deftly blends colors, textures and clever details into a stylishly cohesive package awash in contemporary charm.

The zero-emissions vehicle will combine a drive system that is always quick off the mark with a precision-tuned suspension, hoping to offer enthralling drive on both city streets and country roads.

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

BMW management board chairman Harald Krüger said: "The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of the BMW Group's NUMBER ONE NEXT strategy". The German luxury brand is expected to reveal a compact hatchback concept that will wear the company's EQ electric sub-brand name.

Pitched as the next steps towards its "Electric Vision", the Urban EV concept will preview a future production model for the European market, while the CR-V Hybrid previews the European version of the popular SUV.

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 new electric concept auto has been created to be an urban vehicle. About 600 Mini E cars were used for the goal across the world.

"At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness".

An all-electric Mini is hardly surprising, especially now that the UK Government wants the combustion engine dead (and sooner than you may think) and BMW has already pushed hard into electric with the i3 and i8. Finished in Reflection Silver with Striking Yellow accents that recall the Mini E, this new variation features both matte and high-gloss surfaces as well as color gradients and the prominent "e" graphic on the front fender along with "Mini E" badges to add interest.

The concept also makes use of 3D printing technology - aerodynamic inlays and the recessed louvred surfaces in the air intakes were produced using the technology.



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