MINI Shows Design Sketches Of Upcoming Electric Production Model

JUL 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

10 years after the introduction of the all-electric MINI E prototypes that opened the way for commercialization of the BMW i3, MINI is presenting initial design sketches of its future fully-electric production model.

The production all-electric MINI will be unveiled in 2019 as the market launch is scheduled for late 2019/early 2020 – in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first MINI.

Today, MINI released a pair of exclusive detail design sketches as an initial preview of what we should expect to see in the finished product.

The first image shows the car’s hexagonal grille – but closed-off as one would expect in a modern BEV. The second image is the fancy wheel that we already saw in the concept.

“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 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 wheels take the motif of the accent bar on the grille and add their own asymmetrical twist.”

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Design sketch rim fully-electric MINI

“Following on from the MINI E pilot project exactly ten years ago and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid model on sale since 2017, the MINI with battery-electric drivetrain represents the next stage in the electrification of the MINI brand and therefore reflects the BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. The initial design sketches will be revealed in time for the Festival of Speed (FoS), taking place on 12 – 15 July in Goodwood, southern England. The MINI stand at the FoS will give visitors the chance to experience the MINI Electric Concept – which offers a look ahead to the brand’s first fully-electric production model – in person.

“MINI is an urban brand and the fully-electric MINI the logical next step into the future,” says Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “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.”

Combining the past and the future.
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 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 wheels take the motif of the accent bar on the grille and add their own asymmetrical twist.

The BMW Group announced the development of a purely electrically-driven MINI production model in 2017. The first volume-produced MINI with a battery-electric drivetrain will hit the roads in 2019 – exactly 60 years after the classic Mini went on sale.

The new model fits the MINI template by turning electric mobility into an emotionally engaging experience brimming with driving fun, style and individuality. Based on the MINI 3 door, the electric model will roll off the assembly line at Plant Oxford. Its drivetrain will be produced at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut – the competence centres for electric mobility within the BMW Group’s production network.”

Silver Mini Electric Concept with yellow trim

Mini Electric Concept

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13 Comments on "MINI Shows Design Sketches Of Upcoming Electric Production Model"

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tester

Range isn’t *everything* but with CCS network still in relative infancy (especially in the US!) it’s still one of the most important factors. The big question I have: Will it’s range at least match the Bolt’s?

xm

Looks like a smaller platform.

Clive

About as Mini as you can get, because if they get much larger they will have to call them something like Mini-Max

Brian

If they make one that looks like that concept, has RWD, and range/performance like my Bolt, I will be very tempted.

Phil

Minis have always been FWD, I’m not sure why they would change that now.

Brian

Have they? That’s a bummer. That’s the first thing I’d change about my Bolt if I could. FWD + massive amounts of torque really hampers the experience.

Clive

They have AWD now so having an Electric Motors front and rear will make a ALL4 Electric Mini Spectacular.

u_serious?

10 years ago and it’s still a fhukin concept?!?!?!

Clive

The Mini Brand needs a revival so now they have to really perform.

Jamez

This concept is new. 10 years ago they made the first limited production R56 e-MINI that they used as a development for the i3

Kdawg

Are asymmetric wheels going to be an issue? I guess as long as they are balanced somehow. They may have been better off closing all of those holes for aerodynamics/range.

Jamez

Unfortunately, it’s their design language. The design itself mimics a wall plug over there. They don’t look too horrible all-black

Clive

The last thing I want on my car is yellow highlights.

Yellow Brakes, maybe.