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Mini Urbanaut concept inches closer to reality

4th Jul 2021 8:00 am

Urbanaut concept previews styling and tech directions for future Mini models.


Mini has revealed a full-scale model of its Urbanaut MPV concept, taking it a step closer to reality. The brand says, a physical concept will allow audiences to engage more extensively.

  • Mini Urbanaut concept was shown digitally, earlier
  • Full-size mock-up of the concept is driveable
  • Future Mini models to gain styling cues and tech from this concept

Measuring 4.46m long, the Urbanaut concept places an emphasis on spaciousness and sustainability, with attendees of the 2021 Digital-Life-Design conference invited to experience the brand's new 'Mini Moments' approach to interior design for autonomous-capable vehicles.

The interior can be configured in one of three modes: Chill, which aims to emulate a lounge-style format for stationary use; Wanderlust, for use in autonomous and normal driving situations; and Vibe, which "blurs the boundaries between the outside and inside" by folding the windscreen up and projecting graphic equaliser displays onto the wheels.

Mini says the flexible nature of the interior means it can be used as "an urban space for people when it's standing still", as well as an electric urban mobility solution.

The concept's minimalist design hints at Mini's sustainability aspirations, with the Urbanaut featuring a reduced number of components and materials, while adopting a dual-purpose dashboard-cum-daybed and changeable seat covers. Leather and chrome are completely absent, as will be the case in all next-gen production Mini models.

While there remains no firm production intent for the Urbanaut, the concept is drivable and serves as a preview of what to expect from all future Mini models, including the next three-door hatchback, due in 2023.

For India, Mini has recently launched the updated hatchback range including the range-topping JCW version

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