STARTING OFF as just a little car with simple engineering for ease of construction and low cost, the Mini has evolved over 60 years into a premium product that is design-based and technologically innovative.
Soon, a new generation will be born and as an initial preview of its design, Mini is presenting the Concept Aceman.
In this next generation, the Mini Cooper in the iconic 3-door bodystyle, which has been reinterpreted over its entire history, will be joined by a crossover model for the first time.
“The design language of the Mini Concept Aceman heralds the beginning of a new design era for Mini,” explained Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design.
“Design features typical of the Mini brand have always been unmistakable. We are returning to these now, but at the same time consistently combining them innovative technology.
“With this approach we are redeveloping the Mini design icons, with all their analogue strengths, for the digital future.”
Along with the clear and reduced exterior and interior design, the holistic user experience of light, movement, interaction and sound also combine to define this style.
Surfaces constructed from knitted recycled textile with fresh colour contrasts combine with seamless digital controls with a new OLED display as the central interface.
The all-electric models of the next generation are also given an independent sound design for the first time, providing emotionally compelling drive sounds and an authentic background for the new Experience Modes.
The distinctive features of the brand’s two most successful models, the Mini Cooper and the Mini Countryman, are merged to create a modern interpretation of a crossover model.
A functional two-box design with short overhangs creates the maximum of space for occupants and luggage on a Minimal surface area.
Its exterior dimensions are 4.05m in length, a width of 1.99m and a height of 1.59m.
The Concept Aceman has 4 doors and a large boot lid with interior seating for 5. The classic 3-way division of body, all-round window graphics and roof is reinterpreted.
A flush transition between the vehicle body and glass surfaces makes the most of the aerodynamic properties.
The upright front strikingly announces its presence. The brand’s iconic design features have been reinterpreted to reflect its crossover characteristics and purely electric drive.
The new design is accentuated by an illuminated surround. The LED contour lighting in a shade of light green provides a striking light signature both in daytime running lights and in night design.
The dashboard is a flat design element styled like a sound bar that extends across the entire width of the interior in front of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. Its soft knitted textile surfaces create a modern and homey atmosphere.
The steering wheel, like the seats, door panels and all other interior surfaces, is leather-free. The steering wheel rim is laminated with dark green velvet velour, giving a particularly pleasant feel.
The distinctive Mini display and operating experience scales new heights with its reinterpretation of the familiar central interface.
Mini is the world’s first car manufacturer to present a circular OLED display that takes up the entire surface of the central interface.
OLED technology gives the display a particularly high-quality appearance and can display strong contrasts and deep blacks. – PISTON.MY