This NextGen car features a spacious, transformative, flexible interior for those who love to travel in comfort
December 2, 2020: BMW has presented the digital interpretation of the NextGen car with more interior space, versatility and minimal footprint, the Mini Vision Urbanaut. It is an innovative space concept focusing on the interior frame before developing the exterior. Augmented Reality was employed to create a digital model and systemically optimised.
Oliver Heilmer, Head of Mini Design, said, “MINI sees its future self primarily as an enabler of and companion for unforgettable times – what we might call ‘MINI moments’. The MINI Vision Urbanaut uses three curated MINI moments – “Chill”, “Wanderlust” and “Vibe” – to present a wide range of possible usage scenarios. The Chill moment invites you to catch a breath and pause in the here and now. The car becomes a kind of retreat, a haven where you can relax – or work with full concentration – during a journey. Wanderlust is the only MINI moment where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is being driven or driving with automated driving functions. The moment Vibe puts time with other people at centre stage – in every way.”
Featuring a retro meets futuristic design, occupants enter the innovative cabin through a large sliding door in the side of the car. The cutting-edge slide and swivel mechanism is the ideal design for urban driving conditions where space is at a premium. There are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.
When the car is stationary, the dashboard lowers and the driver’s area becomes a comfortable seating corner – the “daybed”, while windscreen transforms become “street balcony” and the darker environs of the cabin’s rear section provide a quieter space – the “Cosy Corner”.
The principle of making things as simple as possible to use (“natural interaction”) is highlighted by the “analogue”, tactile, haptic experience of initiating a feature, e.g. the direct touch operation option in the Loop over the rear seat bench.
The MINI Token is the centrepiece of the MINI Vision Urbanaut’s experience worlds. It is roughly the same size as a worry stone and activates the three preconfigured MINI moments – Chill, Wanderlust and Vibe – when placed in purpose-designed slots in the table at the centre of the car.
As with the headlights, mulitcolour dynamic matrix rear lights behind milled aluminium covers deliver a fresh aesthetic and present different looks in the various driving modes and MINI moments.
The matt exterior shade Zero Gravity transitions from a metallic green with blue flip effect to a subtly toned grey. The windows show a pattern in body colour, fading in a gradient from bottom to top. This creates a harmonious transition from the vehicle body to the windows and roof.
BMW has ensured sustainable design approach by responsible sourcing with maximum space within a small footprint and the all-electric drive system. The design is also free of chrome and leather.“The MINI brand has always stood for 'Clever Use of Space'. In the MINI Vision Urbanaut, we extend private space far into the public realm, creating completely new and enriching experiences," explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design.