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Mini Electric 2019: EV hatch teased ahead of launch next year

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Mini Electric 2019: EV hatch teased ahead of launch next year
Mini Electric 2019: EV hatch teased ahead of launch next year
Mini Electric 2019: EV hatch teased ahead of launch next year

Mini has released a first pair of teaser images of its new and all-electric model before it hits the road in 2019.

But before you get too excited, the teaser images are actually design sketches focusing on two elements of the vehicle – the grille and a wheel – so they’re not overflowing with new detail.

Even more frustrating, they are – to our eyes at least – exactly the same as the grille and wheels on the Mini Electric Concept, shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2017, and pictured again here.

But they do at least reveal that the finished product won’t be straying far from that 2017 concept, with the same closed-off grille streaked in yellow and futuristic alloys on offer.

“Mini is an urban brand and the fully electric Mini is the logical next step into the future,” says the brand’s design chief, Oliver Heilmer. “These initial sketches for the fully electrified Mini outline our vision of authentic design creating a bridge between the history of the brand and its electric future.”

So, that grille. According to Mini, the closed design aids aerodynamics, while the yellow accents and E badge sound like they’ll become staples of electrified Mini vehicles.

The full specs are yet to be revealed, but we do know the new Mini will roll (silently, presumably) out of the Mini factory in Oxford, while the electric drivetrain will be shipped in from Germany.

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