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31 August, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Darren Santiago
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Mini's new Electric Concept will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

BMW's all-electric MINI is slated to launch sometime in 2019.

But who cares about the virtual specifications of a auto no one will ever drive anyway?

There are no technical details as yet, only the promise of an "enthralling drive" in the agile Mini tradition. Even though the vehicle is clearly a Mini, it is also clearly striking with some fearless uses of contrasting colors, a re-imagined nose complete with new grille and front apron. Changes include a new hexagonal grille and circular headlights. These units, which were converted from regular petrol-powered Minis, were built as rolling test beds driven by journalists, BMW's own researchers and private users who were allowed to lease the cars in the U.S. as part of the long-term test programme. All of them helped to gain vital insights into the use of pure-electric vehicles, and this knowledge was subsequently incorporated into the development of the BMW i3.

The Mini Electric Concept comes with 19-inch wheels which according to Mini ncorporate 3D-printed aerodynamic inlays. It does have rear light assemblies that form one half of the Union Jack each.

The concept updates the three-door Mini model now in production to better show off how the vehicle might look designed for an electric powertrain.

"That's how we at Mini envisage electric mobility in tomorrow's world".

With a smooth and fluid design, the team behind the MINI EV wants to usher in the best aerodynamic efficiency and they have even pushed the door handles on the inside so it doesn't stick out. Like the front, there's a yellow accent strip providing contrast to the rear and the lack of exhaust pipes reinforces its all-electric powertrain.

The quick response of the electric motor to every movement of the accelerator adds a whole new dimension to hallmark brand agility, officials said.

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