With the Urbanaut prototype, the Mini desires to present anticipation of what the automobiles of the longer term will likely be like: clear, appropriate for town and open areas however, above all, for touring lounges that adapt to the wants of passengers.
The Mini presents a spread that goes past the small automotive that made it well-known. And sooner or later, along with the Clubman and Countryman, new fashions will arrive to complement the selection. To discover new paths within the area of design and know-how, the English home at this time proclaims the Mini Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut prototype, a 446 cm lengthy electrical minivan that reveals how the type of future fashions may very well be.
HIDDEN HEADLIGHTS – The Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut has spherical headlights just like the Minis of the previous, however the gentle clusters are camouflaged beneath the milled aluminum floor with slotted openings: thus, they continue to be hidden and seem solely when switched on. As well as, they lengthen horizontally within the entrance and have LEDs that gentle up selectively, creating lighting results when the motive force approaches the automotive or strikes away. The massive grille, now with eight sides, is wider and “fills” the entrance extra, however is closed as in lots of electrical automobiles: thus bettering aerodynamics and effectivity.
The Mini Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut’s bodywork has clean surfaces and proportions typical of minivans as a result of the wheels are positioned on the ends of the ground and the sloping hood is decreased to a minimal. As well as, as an alternative of the standard doorways, there’s a sliding one on the best facet. If the entrance pillars are arched, the rear ones are virtually vertical and thus enable to maximise the area inside. The designers of the English home, led by the German Oliver Heilmer, have additionally renewed the design of the headlights: they’re vertically developed as within the different Minis, however turn into thinner, angular and have a luminous strip that extends horizontally within the again, the place it stands out. the phrase Mini.
And so, due to the lengthy wheelbase and the massive home windows, the Mini Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut presents a shiny and modular inside relying on using the automotive. In the usual configuration, known as Wanderlust, there are two entrance seats and as many, however smaller, within the second row, the place there’s additionally a shelf; within the Chill, the inside turns into a type of leisure room: the entrance seat rotates 180 ° and the dashboard lowers, turning into an actual couch (the Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut is provided with autonomous driving). As well as, the rear seats come collectively and the couch turns into an actual chaise longue. Then there’s the Vibe configuration, to be recalled with the automotive parked: the inside doesn’t change in comparison with the Chill, however it’s potential to boost the decrease a part of the windscreen and open the facet door, as a way to benefit from the outside. As well as, the passenger compartment of the Mini Imaginative and prescient Urbanaut may be additional personalized by the passengers, as a result of there’s a glass within the rear pillar trim: beneath, pictures may be inserted.