Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Anton Andres | posted June 17, 2016 14:30
Mini envisions the next century of motoring
After parent company BMW unveiled their Vision Next 100 last month, it's now Mini's turn to show their version for the future with the Vision Next 100 concept. Their latest concept envisions what motoring will be like in the next century according to Mini.
For its exterior, classic Mini visual cues remain such as the floating roof, short overhangs, wide fenders and a long wheelbase. Instead of a front fascia, a glass panel takes the place of the front grill but the signature round headlights remain and are integrated in the said panel. The fenders on the other hand houses the daytime running lights and the rest of the body features lines and curves that make it recognizable as a Mini. The Mini Vision Next 100 also features sliding doors for both front and rear occupants.
Inside, there is seating for four and single round dial housing vehicle information found in current models also make an appearance. The automaker highlighted the concept's mobility and connectivity functions. One such feature is called the Cooperizer and it allows personalization for each driver from entertainment, communications and autonomous-driving options. On the move, the driver can influence the Cooperizer’s decision-making, as the rotary controls allow adjustments to the interior ambience and driving mode.
The designers of the BMW VISION NEXT 100 primarily used fabrics made from recycled or renewable materials. The visible and non-visible carbon components, such as the side panels, are made from residues from normal carbon fiber production. For example, the roof lining, floor and side panels, the automaker used a mix of recycled plastic and aluminum.