MINI has released a pair of design sketches as an initial preview of the first fully-electric model following the introduction of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid – the same one that went on sale in Malaysia a couple months ago.
“These initial sketches for the fully electrified MINI outline our vision of authentic design creating a bridge between the history of the brand and its electric future”, said Head of MINI Design, Oliver Heilmer.
The car’s front grille will adopt a hexagonal form and can stay closed to improve airflow. A yellow accent with an E badge in the same colour will identify it as an electric MINI.
The second sketch shows the striking wheel design of the fully-electric MINI, which has been carried over from the MINI Electric Concept – unveiled for the first time last year – into the production model.
The first production model of the MINI with a battery-electric drivetrain will hit the roads in 2019; exactly 60 years after the classic Mini went on sale.
Based on the MINI 3 door, the electric model will roll off the assembly line in Oxford. Its drivetrain will be produced at the Dingolfing plant and Landshut – the competence centres for electric mobility within the BMW Group’s production network.