MINI has released a pair of exclusive detail design sketches as an early preview of the brand’s first fully-electric production model, which is set to make its debut in 2019. The first sketches of the production model coincides with the MINI Electric Concept making its UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018.
The first fully-electric MINI represents the next stage in the electrification of the MINI brand and reflects the BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy.
The sketches show the car’s grille. Its hexagonal form is a signature MINI design element, but the closed-off interpretation is all new.
Behind the grille, cooling elements are conspicuous by their absence – which means the grille can stay closed and therefore improve airflow.
A yellow accent bar with an E badge in the same colour produces a powerful contrasting effect and identifies this as an electric MINI.
The BMW Group announced the development of a battery electric MINI production vehicle in July 2017. The first of these large-scale produced MINIs with battery-electric drivetrains will be available from 2019 – exactly 60 years after the launch of the classic Mini.
The electric drivetrain will be borrowed from the i3 or i1. Expect the Mini electric to be... errrm... expensive.