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.