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Mini Electric Concept previews 2019 production car

BMW is getting the hype machine going for this auto but the fact remains that Mini fans still have to wait for a couple of years before they can get an electric version. Mini has stated the yellow oddities will not find their way to production.

Part of BMWs "Number One Next" strategy, it forms a major part of the plan for all BMW cars and Mini models to go green. The new concept-a bit of a throwback from previous electric concepts-previews Mini's first expected electric production vehicle, due out in 2019.

German carmaker BMW has unveiled the basic design for the full-production electric version of the next Mini vehicle.

In its current guise, the concept borrows heavily from today's petrol and diesel powered Minis. The Mini E looked just like the standard gas-powered Mini albeit with an electric powertrain that turned out 200 horsepower.

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"That's how we at Mini envisage electric mobility in tomorrow's world". Therefore, for groups like the BMW Group, it will be the place where a full display of force will be made.

Remember the Mini E? Some of the lessons learned from the field tests were used in development of BMW's pure electric i3. The MINI E also offered driving fun in spades, thanks to outstanding acceleration and handling. MINI is not actually stepping into the EV territory for the first time.

Given Mini's history, the introduction of the electric Mini represents something of a third act for the company. That's less than the previous electric Mini.

A front end brimming with character. Even from the outside, it is obvious that this vehicle has an electric heart. Besides this, the radiator grille and headlights have been reinterpreted to reflect the emission-free drive technology under the bonnet. BMW describes the sealed air intakes as "simulated". About 450 of these EVs came to the U.S. as part of a test by parent company BMW to see how its customers might adapt to alternative powertrains, data that led to the BMW i program.

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Compact and agile - the flanks.

And with this concept, Mini is attempting to solve similar problems. The elements below the surfaces help to convey a feeling of restrained power and understated athleticism. The rest of the body has been painted Reflection Silver, a matte liquid metal color shade.

However, no other technical details are available.

The concept has a special paintjob that combines matt finishes with gloss paint to give a colour-shifting effect.

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As a nod to what the future of vehicle manufacturing might bring, elements of those simulated air intakes and aerodynamic inlays in the asymmetrical wheels were created using 3D printing techniques.

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