The head of MINI design previewed some of the features in MINI Vision at an event in Munich. The highlights include Driving Experience Control, which enables drivers to change interior lighting and defining design elements based on ‘organo metal,’ which is made from pressing fibers into a composite.
MINI Vision was presented in a virtual 3D hologram. The hexagonal radiator grille was inspired by the classic MINI while the bumper and auxiliary lights are integrated into the grille. The design is unmistakably MINI thanks to the rounded MINI forms as seen in the elliptical full-LED headlights. Other features of the MINI brand include a clear separation of the roof, glasshouse and body.
The MINI of the future has an improved body that includes an aerodynamic air intake and outlet around each front wheel arch, airflow-optimized wheel rims and exterior mirrors, and an integral, air-channelling roof spoiler.
Inside, the elastic fabric straps on the insides of the doors are arranged like the stripes of the Union Jack flag, a nod to the brand’s British heritage. The straps can hold a magazine, cell phone or bottles.
The “Glamorous Gold” paint is also new to MINI design. Organo metal provides contrast to this gleaming metallic shade. Dark-blue fabric inside is inspired by a high-quality suit and is part of a message that the MINI projects of “design vision…that MINI will continue to use intelligent variability, imagination-capturing technology and a compact sporting presence,” according to a company statement.
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