MINI has come a long way since the Italian Job.
This is the Mini Vision 100 – how the firm believe their future models will look.
BMW say the exterior can even tailor itself to the driver and its ‘blank canvas’ silver skin can adapt according to the occupant’s mood, and the situations they encounter.
In pictures revealed different designs can appear in LED lights on the skin including a heart.
The colour of the roof and interior mood lighting also can change based on these factors.
It would be very interesting to see the look after a road rage incident!
However, Mini will this week be releasing their new Electric Mini at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It is based on the standard three-door petrol model but comes with electric power, new technologies and bolder styling.
But this Mini Vision 100 is a radical and futuristic reimagining of an icon. The four-seater looks to be set up for autonomous travel but the steering wheel and pedals still remain which indicates that drivers will still be able to chose.
The exterior has been completely redesigned and the essence and charm of the Mini’s retro looks invariably lost.
The smooth rounded curves at the front, large curved front and rear fenders and completely glass front have been added replacing the camper, grille and bonnet.
If it wasn’t for the Mini badge you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know which manufacturer the car belonged to.
Inside the cabin has also been overhauled. It’s incredibly minimal with bench style seating. The complete glass front-end creates light and space inside the cabin and allows the dashboard to be moved future forward creating more room.
On the dash is only three elements – the steering wheel, a control knob and a circular screen.
The Cooperizer is the circular instrument planted on the dashboard.
It illuminates like a kaleidoscope and allows drivers to select personalised settings for the car which encompass entertainment, communications and autonomous driving.
The rotary control knob can be used to make adjustments to the cabin, driving mode and ambience while driving.
BMW says it will still drive like a Mini and retain its nimble and quick driving character but be zero-emissions and have the ability to drive itself.
Ride-sharing is also part of the vision with the next Mini and BMW says it can also coordinate events for people with similar interests.