The MINI Vision Concept, which was unveiled yesterday at MINI Design in Munich, gives the best view yet of what the next-generation model, F56, will look like when it’s unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. The images which MINI has released clearly show that the main visual differences from the outgoing car, which goes out of production in November, will be in the nose and rear end, thanks to bolder new light clusters and a Rocketman-style grille.
The Vision’s new grille treatment, which BMW describes as being visually linked to the 1959 original, front lights with their ring-DRLs and curvaceous bonnet-line will make production. The interior of the concept is bold, with some silly motor show details like animated interior LEDs which light up the cockpit, but note the shape and positioning of the instruments, especially those that flank the centrally mounted screen. Yes, you can finally say goodbye to that oversized speedometer in the middle of the dash.
You can see the Vision Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and the production F56 a couple of months after that but, in the meantime, wonder at why MINI continues not to operate a UK-based Design Centre for is most ‘British’ of products.