The new generation MINI has been scooped by spy photographers a while ago and we all know what it looks like. So the Company’s elaborate effort in revealing the car in a special way has kind of lost its pop. Still, they went ahead as planned and previewed the new MINI in form of the Vision concept, showcased at MINI Design Home event.
This is actually a preview of a preview, as the presentation was based around a virtual 3D hologram; the virtual reality modeling that designers use to perfect their work and to complement their sketches and clay models.
The Vision is pretty much what the new production MINI will look like. A proper facelift results in new headlights, hexagonal radiator grille inspired by the classic Mini, and new bumpers, and they all look nice and chiseled. The car also features classic MINI design cues such as a chrome strip wrapped around the top of the body, distinctive side indicator element and the black band framing the lower edge of the car. The rear-end of the car is changed more substantially, but it is still recognizable as a MINI.
The new design is not only cute, it is also very clever. It features aerodynamic air intake and outlet around each front wheel arch, airflow-optimised wheel rims and exterior mirrors, and an integral, air-channelling roof spoiler. It is also light and compact, which means even while it is standing still, the whole thing radiates driving pleasure.
The interior seems to retain the same layout as the current MINI, but it will be deeply revamped with new styling details, materials, and equipment. The Vision is a concept and naturally they’ve gone a bit wild with the interior. The production car will obviously feature more sober colors.