Mini will stop offering leather interiors on its future models, according to an interview with design boss Oliver Heilmer.
"We don’t need leather any more in the future, because we don’t believe it’s sustainable," he said.
In 2020, a little over half of all cars delivered to Mini buyers in the UK featured real leather interiors.
The news comes just days after the facelifted Mini hatch and convertible range were unveiled, suggesting the change will be introduced in the next-generation of Mini models.
While vinyl interiors began to be introduced to car interiors in the 1940s, it was two decades later when the durable leather-alternative started to gain in popularity, with Mercedes-Benz offering 'MB Tex' and BMW creating 'Leatherette'.
Nowadays, synthetic leather is far closer to the real thing. Most entry-level BMW models are now offered with 'Sensatec' synthetic leather and 'Alcantara' synthetic suede.
"We're totally convinced that we will have modern and high-value products without leather," Heilmer said on the move.
"The fabric in the production seats is now 100 per cent recycled. The lining underneath is 70 per cent recycled. We're looking to create a timeless design. A one-season design, like fashion, isn't our aim with the design of future Minis."
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