The video above is from 2017, showcasing an Electric MINI concept car that showed it stuff at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show. Will the production car look similar? Only time will tell.


It's not news that MINI is working on an all-electric MINI model to join its ranks--that's been known for a while now. The real news is that it might actually happen a lot sooner than we thought.

While the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Plug-In Hybrid has settled right into the lineup as a green-friendly alternative to the classics, it's not a full EV. The somewhat recent unveiling of that model led some to believe that the all-electric EV wouldn't be landing until at least 2020 or later.

But, reports from sources close to MINI suggest that we could see an all-new 2020 MINI Cooper S E Hatchback this year.

 

MINI Electric Vehicles

This won't be the first electric vehicle built by the MINI brand--there was the MINI - E that we saw doing some trials way back in 2009--but it'll be the first true production EV made for the masses.

It's also likely to be one of the most popular small, fun-to-drive all-electric vehicles on the market.

The upcoming MINI Cooper S E will step out as a true hot hatch, taking advantage of the instant torque enjoyed by an all-electric powertrain and the unique weight balancing of the battery system. Imagine classic MINI good looks, with the boosted acceleration of an EV.

Now that's something to look forward to.

We'll update you when we learn more.


 

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