What’s the concept?MINI unveiled the concept for their first fully electric vehicle at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, taking things up a notch from the Countryman plug-in hybrid. It’s going to be part of the 3-door Hatch range, bringing the legendary go-kart handling and classic MINI design to an all new battery powered engine. In fact, MINI is promising that the electric powertrain’s lower centre of gravity mean the Electric is going to serve up an even more dynamic drive than petrol and diesel models.
What do we know so far?From the concept and some teasers released by MINI so far, we’ve got a good idea of what the front grille’s going to look like. Electric motors need air to be delivered in a different way to combustion engines, so the new MINI will have a closed grille with a yellow bar wrapped around a long, thin vent. The yellow bar is set to be the signature of electric MINIs, and we can see the same design cues translating from the grille to the innovative alloy wheels, which are asymmetric and almost closed for enhanced aerodynamics.
Although the production model won’t come with the same radical bodykit as seen on the concept, it will combine some of its aerodynamic features with the latest MINI styling. For example, the side of the body is set to be more heavily sculpted than the current MINI Hatch, while there could be an air extractor slot behind the front wheel. The concept also has deep air intakes either side of the front grille and an intake with a small spoiler in front of the rear wheel, although we may not see these features on the finished article.