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The EV concept boasts a modern interpretation of MINI's historic styling, hinting at a unique design for a production model scheduled for 2019.

MINI has released its Electric Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.Aside from boldly futuristic wheels, the concept appears to be close to a reasonable production form that carries the brand's historic styling into the modern era. The company suggests the shape is also more efficient, an important design factor to help maximize range.

"The car's surfaces have a sense of precision and contemporary clarity about them that lends added impact to the car's efficient character," says BMW Group's senior VP of design, Adrian van Hooydonk.

The EV retains a hexagonal radiator grille, reinterpreted as a solid aerodynamic component for improved airflow. MINI's characteristic circular headlights are also retained, improved with LEDs and a new internal structure.

Designers have reworked the flanks with molded fiberglass add-on parts along the lower edge. Changes continue out back, where the brand's British roots are portrayed with Union Jack-inspired LED taillights. Air deflectors and a fiberglass diffuser provide further aerodynamic enhancement.

The company has not yet announced estimated range or other technical details. Production is slated to begin in 2019.

Photos by Ronan Glon.