The MINI Vision Next 100 is scheduled to make an appearance at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, alongside the BMW Motorrad Next 100.
The MINI VIsion Next 100 represents the perfect premium compact car for the modern city. Digitalization and connectivity are increasingly changing the way we get around on a daily basis, and this change is taking place most rapidly and noticeably in urban areas. The MINI Vision Next 100 is MINI’s answer to several key questions on urban mobility over the years ahead.
The core philosophy behind the MINI Vision Next 100 is the thoughtful use of the planet’s resources in providing personal mobility. The motto “Every #mini is my MINI” describes a particular take on car-sharing. In the future, fans of the brand will be able to call on a MINI tailored to their personal requirements where ever they are, day or night. The MINI of the future will be available 24/7, able to pick its driver up from their desired location in a fully automated way and will adapt itself to the driver’s individual tastes, interests and preferences. At the heart of this concept is fully connected digital intelligence.
The MINI Vision Next 100 is wrapped in a discreet, silver skin. The designers refer to it as a “blank canvas”, with changes according to situations i.e. color of the roof and the lighting mood in the interior. Furthermore, the MINI uses projections adapted to the driver in terms of color, graphics and content to create a personalized experience and customized package of on-board information.
On the inside, the Cooperizer is the name the MINI Vision Next 100 gives to the centrally positioned circular instrument that has become such a signature feature of #mini cockpits. In the MINI, it illuminates like a kaleidoscope. The colors and patterns it generates symbolize the car’s multi-faceted digital intelligence, which allows it to select a personalized setting for each driver, encompassing entertainment, communications and autonomous-driving options.
In a future world of self-driving cars, this side of motoring may have an even more significant, even more special role. Various aspects of the MINI Vision Next 100 will take the go-kart feeling to another new level. Cleared of many controls and screens, the interior has a pure, uncluttered look. And the glass front end opens up a dynamic view of the road. Here, augmented reality displays show the route or ideal driving line, heightening the driving sensation.
In addition to these dynamic elements, dreaming up clever details and creating maximum interior space within the smallest possible footprint are other essentials. The generous feeling of cabin space is enhanced by a full-width bench seat and pedals that slide with the steering wheel to adjust their position. Autonomous driving plays an important role in the MINI Vision Next 100, allowing it to travel occupant-free to a charging station, cleaning service, parking space or the next user. The single-section bench seat and a fullwidth footwell, uninterrupted by a center console, allow passengers to gain rapid access from both sides of the car, without having to decide in advance where they would prefer to sit. When dynamic driving is the order of the day, active elements within the seat provide lateral support for the driver and front passenger.
Making responsible use of resources is key in the selection of materials for the MINI Vision Next 100. These materials should retain their high level of perceived quality over many years, age stylishly and offer a special tactile experience. As digitization increases, analogue qualities and experiences will become more important. With the more intensive use of a shared car, interiors will need to be much more hard wearing.
In addition to the modern materials made from recycled plastic and aluminium in the floor area, roof lining and side panel trim. The wraparound carrier and information strip, with its mount for the sliding steering, and the Cooperizer with its thin brass structure are good examples here. The designers made the storage net behind the steering from lightweight basalt, while the lower section of the seat is trimmed in a recycled cellulose material similar to paper. When it comes to the natural look and feel of surfaces, the designers have embraced the irregularities inherent in the chosen materials and processing methods. That also applies to the seat covers in knitted Alcantara. Another example of analogue design in the MINI Vision Vehicle can be found in the wheels, whose rotation generates an “Ombro Cinema” effect: This involves the outer surface of the wheel not moving and only a disc behind it turning with the tyre.