The MINI Electric concept, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in October, shows us the direction of where the brand is heading. The four-seat, three-door production version is scheduled to arrive in 2019.
So far, the BMW Group has yet to reveal any specs on the upcoming offering, so the main purpose of the concept would seem to be is to show us the styling direction. But given what we know of BMW's battery tech offerings for 2019, we think it is safe to assume the all-electric MINI will offer about 160 miles/260 km of real world/EPA-estimated driving.
According MINI's exterior design chief, Christopher Weil, this is an early concept.
Somewhat ironically, Weil believes that electrification brings opportunities for the designers (as MINI has long been confined to staying inside a "classic" look and form), and also the electric Mini will combine a sporty driving experience with efficiency.
The production will take place in Oxford, U, while the power-train and batteries (produced at BMW’s Dingolfing and Landshut sites in Germany) are expected to be shared with BMW i3