Mini Electric Concept hews close to production version, BMW says.
MUNICH, Germany – Mini previews its plans for an all-electric version of its modern-day Cooper hardtop with the unveiling of the new Mini Electric Concept.
Set for a public airing at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, Mini says the compact new 3-door offers a “window into how pure-electric, day-to-day mobility might look in the years ahead.”
The concept combines many of the classic Mini design elements and proportions used by the third-generation Cooper, together with newly developed cues conceived around the new 4-seater’s battery-powered driveline and the optimization of its aerodynamic properties.
The Mini Electric Concept is meant to provide the first clues to the size and appearance of theGroup brand’s first series-production EV due out in 2019.
“The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of theGroup’s Number One Next strategy,” BMW Chairman Harald Krüger says, adding, “The Mini Electric Concept offers a preview of the all-electric production vehicle.”
Krüger also has announced plans for an electric version of the BMW X3 as part of a program that will see the BMW Group electrify existing models alongside offerings from its dedicated “i” electric-car brand. He hints at larger EV plans for Mini in coming years, saying, “Mini and electrification make a perfect match.”
Billing its latest concept car as a pure design exercise, Mini withholds details of the Mini Electric Concept’s driveline, power output, battery capacity and chassis set-up, saying only: “The responsive drive system, sublimely judged suspension tuning and use of aerodynamic add-ons produce driving dynamics very much in the Mini mold and a fine operating range.