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Mini unveils sketches of first fully electric production model

Mini has unveiled detailed design sketches of its first fully electric production model, which is set to debut next year.

The new model will follow on from the Mini E pilot project from a decade ago and the Cooper S E Countryman PHEV that went on sale last year.

The car’s grille still has the familiar hexagonal design but with a new closed-off interpretation. It can stay closed because of the lack of cooling elements, which allows for a design that helps improve airflow.

There’s also a yellow accent bar with an E badge that makes the model stand out as part of Mini’s electric range.

In addition, the sketches show a striking wheel design, which has been carried over from the earlier concept. This pattern uses the same motif as the accent bar on the grille but has an asymmetrical twist.

The electric Mini’s drivetrain will be built at BMW Group’s e-mobility centre in Bavaria and fitted at the main production plant in Oxford.

Pricing and specification details for the electric Mini are yet to be revealed, but we estimate that buyers can expect to pay around £25,000 for the model.

For customers who want to get a good deal on a more conventionally powered Mini, Motors.co.uk has a wide selection of used models from the marque available now.

Tristan Shale-Hester

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July 13, 2018

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