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Mini Classic Electric Car Turns Heads at New York Auto Show

Mini Classic Electric Car Turns Heads at New York Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, March 28, 2018
Mini, BMW’s sporty British brand, showcased a classic red Mini Electric small rally car that was a herald to 60s pop culture in England at the 2018 New York International Auto Show this week. A modern take on a restored classic Mini Cooper features new drivetrain technology that reflects future “urban mobility”. The Classic’s exterior red paint contrasts with a white roof, white racing stripes across the hood and yellow MINI Electric logo in the brand badge and on wheel hubs. However, it’s not for the streets.

The novel model that is “packed with charisma, style and driving fun,” debuts as a 2019 model just in time for the 60th anniversary (2019) of the classic Mini car that was first produced in 1959 as a Morris Mini-Minor. Based on the Mini 3-door, the Classic Electric Concept will be produced at the Mini plant in Oxford, England, next year. However, consumers won’t get to buy this one-of-a-kind Mini. Instead, Mini plans to unveil an electric hardtop model for 2019 that will be built on the new Cooper compact sporty car platform.

Electric hybrid power is already a powertrain choice in the Mini Cooper SE Countryman plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Small SUV that partners a gasoline engine with an electric drive system to produce a combined 224 horsepower. This 5-door PHEV draws power from both engines for enhanced acceleration, with a pure electric driving range of more than 77 miles.
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