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Mini's Vision Concept For The Future

By raccars Published

A Mini concept has been unveiled that gives clues to the future design direction of the car, a third generation of which is due to be revealed later in the year. The Mini Vision concept was shown to automotive press members at the company's Munich design studio, in computer rendered form, with a large screen projection.

The Vision is determinedly based upon the traditional Mini form but packed with modern details and futuristic technology. It is aimed at the premium compact car market. Notable features include a bracelet of LED daytime running lights around the elliptical headlights (also LEDs), which will potentially be seen on the upcoming Mk3, while contouring grey cladding, a chunky tail light cluster and high tech cabin could follow on later models.

Standard Mini features carried through to the concept include the hexagonal front grille, updated with a pair of lights framing the registration plate, but it's the interior that really looks to the future. A 'Driving Experience Control' feature takes the current trend for trim personalisation to the next level, allowing the driver to alter the cabin's colour scheme and select various ambient lighting modes to suit different moods - a wacky disco floor lighting system should appeal to younger buyers.

There's also a floating central console, lounge style seats and a selection of elastic retaining straps, while the digital instrument display can be customised.

From the outside, the Vision gets a sporty look, with a double exit exhaust and some racy aerodynamic features. There's an integrated roof spoiler to the rear and some prominent air intakes at the front wheel arch and corresponding outlets behind, to help reduce drag and pressure.

The curvy body is to be built with an innovative new lightweight 'organo metal', made by compressing a mixture of fibres to form a composite layer. This material is alleged to be easy to mould and work but also strong.

The concept model was shown in a metallic tan colour, while the interior is blue and grey with orange accents.

While the Vision has been introduced as a concept, Mini has been clear that it points the way towards the future of the brand and its clean, precise styling would be seen in the forthcoming new generation. The Vision concept represents the company's plans for its core model but the satellite Clubvan and Countryman models also received the concept treatment recently, featuring camping attachments, while a 'Cowley caravan' towable camper was also introduced.

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