All-electric MIni is finally coming into shape

Ten years after Mini introduced the Mini-E electric prototype, the German automaker is finally on the verge of launching its first-ever production electric model. MINI is presenting initial design sketches of its future fully electric production model. The pair of sketches show two distinct sections of the all-electric Mini, one of which we already saw in the concept version that was unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut
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The design is also a little different, at least when you look at how it’s filled up

The all-electric Mini is happening, folks and the German automaker has two teaser images to show that the model is, well and truly, on its way.

The first sketch reveals the hatchback’s hexagonal grille. Maybe it’s the angle of the photo, but it looks a lot shorter than the one found on the concept version that Mini showed off at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show last September. The design is also a little different, at least when you look at how it’s filled up. The concept’s front grille was finished in the same shade as the body color. The yellow accent bar with the “E” badge is still there, but the grille itself is mostly filled up in a black shade with chrome trim wrapped around it. Even the “E” badge gets in on the chrome love.

The second sketch shows the Mini EV’s wheel design. Unlike the grille, the wheel design is exactly similar to the ones found on the concept. It’s hard not to notice the similarities because the design is exactly the same, right down to the accent bar motif on the grille that gives it what Mini describes as an “asymmetrical twist.”

Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut
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There will be styling cues that point to its all-electric heritage , but for the most part, you’re going to look at the production version of the all-electric Mini, and you won’t have any problem identifying it.

The rest of the car’s design remains a mystery at this point. Given what we’ve been fed at this point, it would be a complete shock if the production model doesn’t use more of the same design elements that we saw in the concept version. MINI hasn’t dramatically changed its look since the arrival of the MkVIII back in 2001. There have been some nips, tucks, and a few redesigns along the way, but over the last 17 years, Mini’s look has largely stayed the same.

Expect the all-electric Mini to follow along the same design path. There will be styling cues that point to its all-electric heritage — the headlamps on the concept are the most striking examples — but for the most part, you’re going to look at the production version of the all-electric Mini, and you won’t have any problem identifying it.

Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut
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That’s what we should be in store for when the model arrives in 2019

That’s what we should be in store for when the model arrives in 2019. Mini could still throw a wrench to our expectations, but for the most part, the all-electric model will be what we think it’s going to be.

Further reading

2009 MINI E
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Read our full review on the 2009 Mini E.

2017 MINI Electric Concept Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2017 Mini Electric Concept.

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