One-off electrified classic Mini gathers attention at New York Motor Show

To raise awareness about its upcoming production electric car, Mini has created an incredible one-off model. Named the Classic Mini Electric, it's based on the bodyshell of the original 1950s design, but the 998cc, four-cylinder engine has been replaced by a pure electric powerplant.

With the firm's first series production EV, the Mini Electric, due next year, Mini is aiming to raise exposure and hopefully gather some pre-orders for the upcoming eco-car by exciting the public with the Classic Mini Electric.

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Mini has not revealed any details of the electric powertrain, sadly further cementing this as more of a marketing exercise than an engineering one.

As for the production Mini Electric, that's expected to share much of its battery and motor tech with the larger BMW i3. However, a lighter body should see range improve from the i3's 125 miles.

BMW also reassured buyers that the styling of the electric Mini would be toned down from the whacky concept models, and look much more like its petrol and diesel-powered siblings.

The Mini Electric is set to go on sale in mid-2019. The Classic Mini Electric is not currently set for production – even as a limited-run special edition.

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