Mini is giving us a sneak peek of what the third-generation version of its bread-and-butter model could look like. Called the Mini Vision, the car is "laced with new creative impulses that advance the cause of premium quality in the compact class."
The Mini Vision's design supposedly echoes the brand's past while simultaneously touching on its future-focused aesthetics. The hexagonal grille, for example, is inspired by the classic Mini and integrates both the bumper and auxiliary lights. In addition, Mini's traditional rounded forms continue in the elliptical full-LED headlights, with its outer ring functioning as the car's daytime driving light.
Aerodynamics also plays a part in the Mini Vision's design, with an air intake and outlet around each front wheel arch; airflow-optimized wheel rims and exterior mirrors; and an air-channeling roof spoiler.
Lastly, the chrome strip wrapped around the top of the body, the distinctive side indicator element, and the black band framing the lower edge of the car follow the brand's traditional styling elements.
For its interior, the Mini Vision makes use of elastic fabric straps on the inside of the doors, arranged like the stripes of the British flag as a nod to the brand's heritage. These straps are not just for aesthetic purposes as they also serve as flexible retaining devices that can hold a magazine, mobile phone or drink bottle within easy reach.
Mini's click system also offers an additional scope for customizing the car's interior, with smartphone holders, a storage box, and cupholders capable of being attached and removed in a single movement as required.
According to Mini, the Vision demonstrates the brand's use of "intelligent variability, imagination-capturing technology, and a compact sporting presence to deliver unrivaled driving fun over the years to come."
Which design element of the Mini Vision would you like to see in the production version of the third-generation model when it arrives in the global market?