Following its early unveiling by stealthy spy photographers several months ago, MINI has unveiled the MINI Vision concept car which is a thinly veiled preview of what buyers and MINI fans can expect to see when the 2014 MINI Cooper makes its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The exterior styling of the concept is sleeker and fresher than the current generation Cooper and features a new front fascia which incorporates a new hexagonal grille that gets some of its retro inspired styling from the original Mini hatchback. The concept also features grille mounted driving lights, but expect these units to be relocated to their traditional spot on the front bumper to comply with safety regulations as well as to reduce production costs. The head lights themselves retain the trademark round shape that has come to define the brands recent models, but will now be much brighter than before thanks to new LED accenting, while an outer ring of LED’s serve as the car’s daytime running lights. However, Anders Warming, who serves as the head of MINI’s Design division claims that the real highlight of this concept is not the cars lighting system but rather the ” clear separation of the roof, glasshouse, and body.”
The interior of the MINI Vision concept focuses more on the concept side of things, but elements such as its disco-inspired floor, dashboard trim, and switchgear will most likely not make it to the production Cooper. Expect the basic layout as well as some elements of this wild styling exercise (such as the union jack-inspired straps on the doors) to possibly arrive as either standard equipment or new pieces of optional equipment for the Cooper’s extensive (and pricey) options list.
MINI did not officially reveal what engine is providing the motivation for the Vision Concept, but look for the production Cooper to possibly feature BMW’s new three cylinder engine lineup to increase fuel economy as well as reduce weight versus the four cylinder power plants that see duty in the current generation model. Look for the 2014 MINI Cooper to make its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.