New Vision concept points the way for future Mini designs
25 July 2013

Anders Warming, head of Mini Design, has unveiled a new concept called the Mini Vision that points the way for future models.

Unveiled at Mini’s design studios in Munich, the Vision was shown to the assembled press by Mini design boss Anders Warming as a computer rendering, projected onto a large screen.

The Vision, which is claimed to advance the premium-quality compact class, showcases features like Mini's 'Driving Experience Control'. This feature alters the colour scheme and appearance of the interior at the press of a button, tailoring the car's ambience to suit the driver's mood or preference. 

Warming said that the Vision showed how the company “knew its heritage, but also wanted to introduce new features and design language”. The nose design - including the LED ‘ring’ around the headlamps - is thought to be very close to the real Mk3 Mini, which will be unveiled later this year, while the grey cladding, oversized tail lights and high-tech interior are much more conceptual.

Externally, the Vision receives styling cues from previous Mini models, including the hexagonal radiator grille - but with integrated lights. Also featured are elliptical full-LED headlights, with the aforementioned ring of daytime running lights, a twin-exit exhaust and a prominent strip that separates the glasshouse and body. 

"We think we have taken the Mini grille back to being closer to the original. However the bonnet is much more curvaceous, especially when viewed from the driver’s position", said Warming.

Mini says that the Vision's body is made from a reputedly innovative and lightweight 'organo metal', which is claimed to be extremely mouldable and strong. It's formed by pressing various fibres into a composite layer, which delivers a workable material that has a texture similar to fabric.

Aerodynamics play a prominent part in the car's design, with air intakes and outlets around each front wheel arch to reduce pressure and cut drag, airflow-optimised wheel rims and exterior mirrors and an integral roof spoiler.

Warming added that the air intakes in front of the front wheels were a hint that aerodynamics "would become increasingly important in future Mini design."

Inside the Vision concept you'll find a floating centre console, lounge seats, flexible retaining devices - elastic straps - for bottles and phones and plenty of space. As well as the aforementioned 'Driving Experience Control', other interior highlights include a 'Mini Disco' floor that vibrantly illuminates the footwells, and customisable digital instruments.

The Vision is finished in a vivid gold colour, while the car's 'organo metal' adds highlights to both the interior and exterior. A tough blue fabric is used for the seats and some of the minor interior trim.

Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s overall design boss, said that the Vision was about communicating "the next generation of Mini."

He also commented that it "shows a vision for the core model of the Mini brand", and that shape of the next Mini would be "cleaner, but with some sharper lines being introduced to reflect a sense of precision.’ 

Mini's Vision concept follows the recently revealed Clubvan and Countryman camper concepts.

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25 July 2013

The rear lights look cartoonishly big, and ugly.

 

 

25 July 2013

For me, a pity they can't do Mini evolution without it being always retro. I think they could learn more from the Porsche 911 than the VW Beetle.

25 July 2013

other interior highlights include a 'Mini Disco' floor which vibrantly illuminates the footwells

Good look if you suffer from epilepsy... Who wants or needs a bloody disco floor..

25 July 2013

Citytiger wrote:

 Who wants or needs a bloody disco floor..

For the love of <insert which every deity you believe in here>!

This is a concept car, it isn't like the floor is going into production! It is just something showy.

As for the car itself, it does look better proportioned than those other pics. The side profile in particular looks neater than expected. It will be interesting to see there real thing soon

25 July 2013

Citytiger wrote:

other interior highlights include a 'Mini Disco' floor which vibrantly illuminates the footwells

Good look if you suffer from epilepsy... Who wants or needs a bloody disco floor..

Even if this feature ever made production, is it really any worse than the twinkling star LED headlining you can get in the Adam or the Rolls Royce Phantom? MINI were derided for their interior "mood lighting" which they fitted as an option from 2006, but look how many mainstream cars now feature ambient lighting as standard.

The front and rear ends of this concept do seem very similar to the forthcoming model. It will be interesting to see what it actually looks like in the metal rather than the greatly distorted shots we've seen so far.

25 July 2013

Looks better than the spy shots we saw a couple of weeks back. Not really much to comment on the interior because very little baring the seating arrangements will be put into production. 

Citytiger wrote:

Good look if you suffer from epilepsy... Who wants or needs a bloody disco floor..

John Travolta?

25 July 2013

 

Compared to the pictures of the new Mini 3 seen recently, the front and rear on this concept  car compared  looks so much more coherent. I agree the rear lights look a little too big. Mini please change the front of the mini 3 to look more like this rather than the new front spoiler you have designed. Smooth aero parts look so much better than bolt on looking scoops. Does a Cooper S really need the air scoop? It just attracts fly’s! Pig to keep clean!!

Looking at the interior I guess know we know how the new speedo / rev counter will be in the Mini 3.

I hope the seats will be comfortable and you will be able to drive it for more than 100 miles before you want to get out!!

25 July 2013

I'm going cool on Warming: he doesn't understand what a Mini should be about - fun, simple, engaging, and classless.  This really isn't a Mini.

25 July 2013

If this is very close to how the next-gen Mini will look (from the outside anyway) then its better than I thought it would be. As for the bug-eyed rear lights, I think they add character. And that's a very rad interior, I especially like those digital instruments. This is also the first time I've heard of  'organo metal' - intriguing!

Cyborg

25 July 2013

"unveiled a new concept called the Mini Vision that points the way for future models." Who are Mini trying to fool? This is the next 3rd generation Mini with a few concept car trinkets added. It looks better than the spy shots of the full production version a couple of weeks go, but still not brilliant looking, especially compared to the lither looking and better balanced first gen model.

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