Celebrated British small car brand, Mini created a great buzz by unveiling its first electric car concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The neat, smart and futuristic looking electric Mini model showed how it can go the future way while also being unmistakably MINI. Mini has showcased the electric concept model at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Mini EV concept model not only showcases what the electric models from the house of Mini would look like, but also the future design language that Mini’s German parent company – BMW would adopt for its upcoming electric cars.
The Mini electric vehicle concept model is bracing up to hit the production line next year at the company’s Oxford production facility. The Mini EV concept has come after 11 years of the launch of the pure-electric Mini E, which was offered in just 600 units.
Prior to the unveiling of the production spec Mini electric vehicle, the concept model will have a series of public appearances scheduled at the various upcoming auto events across the world. BMW has not revealed anything about the mechanical specifications of the upcoming new Mini EV, and has simply said that the car will be braced with a “powerful electric motor.”
The Mini EV concept model does come with clear hints that it will not only be the first production battery powered car from the house of Mini, but also how the Mini models would adopt a futuristic design philosophy as the British brand enters its third decade under the BMW banner.
The Mini electric concept looks every bit sporty, interesting and future ready and of course comes with the small yet powerful looking appeal. However, it does not get an interior. The interiors will be kept a secret until the production version of the car is ready. While the model looks futuristic and smart, it does not shout electric all over and keeps the basic sporty appeal of the modern Mini cars. The concept car’s lower edge on both the sides as well as across the back flaunt a matte black strip that not only looks very sporty, but also cool, and it consists of radiator like cooling fins.
The Mini EV concept also gets an air-extractor slot right behind its front wheel similar to the one that the latest BMW 8-series concept gets. It flaunts a more sculpted side profile, as the R50 and R56 Mini models had quite flat door design. The Mini Ev concept also sports a very smart air intake and petite spoiler in front of its rear wheel. The patent Mini black wheel arch spats have been ditched, while the raised belt line gives offers wedged look.
Mini Electric concept is actually a leap forward in terms of design over the current Mini models. The concept offers a unique and different appeal, while also somehow retaining the Mini appeal at the same time.
The EV concept is based on the current Mini, but the incorporation of subtle detailing also makes it reminiscent of the original R50 model, while heightening the style and sporty quotients.