Besides showing off their track-focused MINI JCW GP Concept, MINI will also be displaying the MINI Electric Concept, an all-electric MINI at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new concept car gives the world a taste of what’s to come in the production model that is set to debut sometime in 2019.
This fully-electric model is part of BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT corporate strategy: to offer electrified versions of BMW and MINI vehicles from 2020 onwards. The MINI Electric Concept joins the brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid – Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 which was launched early this year.
Whist moving into futuristic zero-emission mobility, MINI is not prepared to move away from its core value of driving excitement and familiar design just yet. However, the engineers have given some unique but functional touches to the otherwise untouched design. Because there is no need for air to enter the engine bay for cooling, the radiator grille is permanently sealed off for better aerodynamics. The distinct front apron and side sills help channel air more effectively to the rear bumper to reduce overall drag. MINI promises that despite it being an eco-minded vehicle, the production model will be as exciting to drive as any other MINI.
The concept car is finished in a bespoke Reflection Silver, matt liquid colour shade with Striking Yellow accents to reflect its pure-electric nature. Like the JCW GP Concept, the all-electric MINI gets a pair of half Union Jack LED tail lamps echoing its British roots.
If the road-going version looks anything like the concept car, we’d say bring on the future!