This all-electric Mini is one step closer to reality

Mini previews 2019 electric car

The MINI Electric Concept, to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on the 20th anniversary of the brand's debut under its BMW ownership, will preview a production model due on sale in 2019. Unfortunately for the all-electric MINI Cooper, BMW's electric endeavors were redirected to the BMW i Division during that time. Then there is the fact Mini's Countryman can now be had as a plug-in hybrid.

MINI's first fully-electric production vehicle, which is expected to launch sometime in 2019, has been previewed via an intriguing new concept auto which will appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Here is what we have learned, as well as official photos of what it looks like.

While still possessing numerous hallmarks of the MINI brand, the MINI Electric Concept has some very distinct design choices that separate it from the rest of the MINI lineup.

Despite styling similarities with the regular three-door Mini range, the Electric Concept also introduces new themes including a blanked off grille, smoother wheel arch detailing, and an intricate side sill design that incorporates an air breather up front and a small integrated wing at the trailing edge. "Plus, striking accents and vivid contrasts give the exterior that distinctive MINI twist". There is also a roof painted in a white to yellow gradient.

It has been almost a decade since the MINI E concept was first announced.

The rear is marked out by LED taillights that each form one half of the Union Jack, as well as a fiberglass diffuser and more aerodynamic air deflectors. At least we can tell you the parts for the motor, gearbox and battery pack will be produced in old Blighty.

Much like the concept cadence, the first production Mercedes EQ product is expected to be an SUV, similar in size to the current GLC.

Saying the volume-build version will be "powerful", BMW offered little more about the motivation of this one-off which extends Mini's EV legacy that began back in 2008 with the introduction of the original Mini E. However, Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design did point out the look of the Mini Electric Concept was crafted to be aerodynamically efficient and visually appealing to young urbanites.