The Mini Vision concept has been revealed, previewing the design and technology of the next-generation Mini Cooper hatch.
Presented as a 3D hologram at the Mini Design@Home event in Munich, the Mini Vision concept offers a glimpse of the styling and features of the all-new Cooper, which is set to debut at November's Los Angeles auto show before reaching Australian showrooms in mid 2014.
The Vision concept provides a realistic impression of the exterior styling of the new Mini hatch, which was almost fully uncovered in a series of revealing spy shots at the start of this month.
The Vision concept’s hexagonal front grille is inspired by the classic Mini, and integrates the bumper and fog lights. Full LED headlights take a traditional round shape, while the outer daytime running light ring provides consistent light and added personality.
Hallmark Mini design continues around the passenger cell, with clear separation between the body, glasshouse and roof, as well as a chrome strip wrapping around the top of the body and a black band framing the lower edge of the car.
Muscular shoulders, sharply defined bodywork edges and twin central exhausts emphasise the concept’s compact proportions and sporting intent.
Mini’s philosophy of maximising interior comfort while minimising exterior dimensions is at work throughout the Vision concept’s cabin.
The ‘floating’ centre console creates a sensation of spaciousness, while fabric straps arranged in the shape of the Union Jack flag serve as both a nod to the brand’s British heritage and flexible retaining devices to hold drink bottles, phones and magazines within easy reach.
The ‘Mini click system’ allows for further versatility and customisation, with phone holders, cup holders, storage boxes and other items able to be attached and removed as required.
The ‘driving experience control switch’ allows occupants to customise the Vision concept’s cabin ambience. Coloured lights project onto the ‘Mini disco floor’, while the circular central screen’s display can switch from a classis analogue display to a futuristic 3D look.
The concept also confirms the production Mini Cooper will feature a more conventional instrument cluster display, with the speedometer, tachometer and other important driving data statistics positioned in binnacles behind the steering wheel.
The third-generation Mini Cooper will be revealed in Los Angeles on November 22.