Concepts : Omni Supermini

The small hatchback

This full-scale model looks very impressive, and it is easy to see how this could have gone into production as the Rover 35...
This full-scale model looks very impressive, and it is easy to see how this could have gone into production as the Rover 35...

Rover commissioned OMNI design to produce a proposal for the company’s upcoming supermini – these were the results. These sketches show two interesting interpretations on the Rover theme – traditional (think, smaller 75) and contemporary. It would appear the contemporary design made the transition from paper to clay – and thanks to OMNI’s excellent modelling skills, it looks very impressive indeed…

All images Copyright OMNI Design, and used with the permission of Richard Hamblin.


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6 Comments

  1. I quite like these drawings and, considering they are probably a few years old now (at least five) they have aged well. 🙂 They do look most Rover-like…

    Incidentally, don’t you think the new Suzuki Swift needs a re-styled body now?

    Alex.

  2. An interesting article… However, the tail lights on the silver model appear to be round and somewhat similar to the Auto Express ‘scoop’ picture of what was alledged to be RDX60 or is that just me?

  3. The model doesn’t look anything like the sketches. The front lights, the rear window shape and the sides are totally different. The middle sketch looks like a baby Bentley Continental. Cool…

  4. Does anyone else see the Volvo C30 in the back end?

    Aside from that it looks quite nice

  5. This was another pie in the sky proposal to try and convince the Chinese that Rover knew what it was doing. There was no way this would have ever made production. Rover was grappling with trying to make the 45 replacement work on a shortened 75 platform with some truly hideous results, there was no supermini platform available so now way of developing this car and certainly no funds to do anything more than these models.

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