Even though they stay true to the original in many regards, MINIs have come a long way since they burst onto the scene in 1959. One of the most influential cars ever made; thanks to their practicality and iconic status, there’s a lot more to come from this legendary brand. Here, we gaze into our crystal ball and imagine what the MINI of the future might well look like.
Although they’re still brilliantly compact, modern MINIs are quite a lot bigger than their predecessors. As well as providing room for the increased safety measures installed in the cars, it also helps them deliver increased practicality for their drivers.
We’ve already seen our MINIs grow with the release of models such as the Clubman, which is much bigger than the original Clubman we saw in the early 1960s. They’re destined to remain true to the name and the badge, but MINIs are likely to keep growing with the times.
More personalised than ever
With the various MINI Packs and a huge variety of options and extras you can play around with, it doesn’t get much more personalised than a MINI. However with the MINI Vision Next 100, the future promises that personalisation’s going to get ramped up even further.
Thanks to the innovative Cooperiser instrument, you’re going to be able to communicate with your MINI like never before. From the exterior of your car changing colour depending on your mood, to personalised greetings when you approach your ride - you can even experience someone else’s driving modes to spice up your journey.
Electric cars look set to be the future of motoring, and with the MINI Electric having debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, the future starts now. The plan is for production of the fully electric version of the three-door MINI to begin in 2019, with the concept’s design features promising that this is going to be a seriously desirable drive.
Hot on the heels of electric technology is the dawn of the self-driving car. There’s a lot of people putting a lot of time and effort into developing autonomous cars at the moment, meaning we could all be mere passengers in the future. If you’re sharing a MINI with others, then the Vision Next 100’s Cooperiser will help your car feel just like your own whenever you get into it. And between journeys, your MINI will drive itself off to a service hub where it’ll get spruced up for your next ride.
Speaking last year, brand CEO Peter Schwarzenbauer proclaimed that MINI is going to concentrate on five models, which he called ‘superheroes’. So moving forward, it’s likely that the MINI range will be as compact as the cars themselves, allowing drivers to get the very best version of the car they’re after.
With models such as the three-door hatch and practical Clubman surely here to stay, what could the future hold we hear you ask? Maybe a super-compact two-seater similar to the Rocketman concept, or a sporty roadster as seen with the Mini Superleggera concept.
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