The Mini Electric Concept has been unveiled ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month, previewing the all-electric production model due in 2019.
Finished in an eye-catching matte-silver paintwork with contrasting yellow accents – which harks back to the original Mini E of 2008 – the Mini Electric Concept is still unmistakably recognisable as a Mini, though is distinguished from its more conventionally-powered brethren thanks to its closed grille and full-LED headlight treatments, 19-inch wheels with fiberglass inserts, and the company’s plug-shaped ‘E’ badge throughout the exterior.
The roof starts at the front in matte-white and transitions into high-gloss yellow at the rear, a treatment echoed in the vehicle’s side skirts – which gains transparency over the matte-silver exterior paint as it approaches the rear wheel arch.
Numerous fiberglass structures, including the air deflectors and the simulated air intakes, have been constructed using 3D printing – which the company says illustrate the opportunities offered by 3D printing in terms of producing functional design elements for styling and customisation.
At the rear, the flat tailgate differs from the current production models that incorporate three-dimensional badges and licence plate holders. The rear of the Mini Electric Concept also sees new LED tail-lights that each form half of the UK’s Union Jack as part of their dot matrix.
The rear diffuser is made out of fibreglass too, while the electric drivetrain means there’s no tailpipes – instead replaced by louvred surfaces in the rear bumper simulating air outlets.
Mini is yet to detail the Electric Concept’s powertrain, so it’s unknown what kind of performance and range to expect from the production model. However, the all-electric 2008 Mini E – limited to 500 units – featured a 150kW/220Nm electric motor that could propel the EV from 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds.
The company’s original electric model had a limited top speed of 152km/h to conserve battery life, and was capable of running over 240 kilometres on a single charge.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show for more details.