The Mini Vision Next 100 concept has been unveiled as part of the on-going centenary celebrations of its parent company, BMW.
According to the car’s designers, the concept is meant to be a blank canvas that adapts to the driver’s moods and the current situation.
Mini says that the Vision Next 100 can adapt instantly to each driver, even if the car itself is employed as part of a car sharing service.
Like the earlier BMW Vision Next 100, Mini’s concept vehicle is designed to include autonomous driving, but is still targeted at people who “prefer to drive themselves — as often as possible”.
It’s certainly the least retro Mini-badged vehicle to date. Thanks to the electric drivetrain, both the bonnet and grille are replaced by large panes of glass that give the driver a sweeping view of the road ahead.
In human-driven mode, augmented reality displays can point out the preferred driving line.
In the centre of the stripped-back dashboard is a circular instrument pod, dubbed the Cooperizer, that can be personalised by each driver, and is the central point of focus for the infotainment, communications and autonomous driving sub-systems.
When the ‘Inspire Me’ dashboard button is pressed, the car will analyse data about the driver and automatically set the car up, say, in John Cooper Works mode and enter the nearest challenging road into the navigation system.
To help the Mini Vision Next 100 make best use of the limited interior space, the concept features thin front and rear bench seats. Ingress and egress are aided by the lack of a traditional B-pillar, and suicide doors that open compactly by popping out and sliding.
The concept’s interior features not only recycled plastic and aluminium, but some rather more unusual materials. There’s the brass dashboard frame and interior trim, a lightweight basalt storage net, lower seat trim made from recycled cellulose, and knitted Alcantara seat covers.