Mini design concept showcases future styling

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Mini design concept showcases future styling

Images that hint at the future design language of the upcoming Mini have surfaced following a spy photography debacle that forced the Mini PR machine to release a tongue-in-cheek letter to the world's media.

Dubbed the Mini Vision, the 3D hologram is a revolutionary concept vehicle that ditches the idea of a hand-built model and instead shows off its curves in image form only.

The digital model was unveiled at the Mini design centre in Munich where it has entertained audiences and hinted at the direction the German brand is taking the popular hatchback.

Perhaps the most striking change from the current generation Mini is the hexagonal radiator grille that is said to be inspired by the classic models.

BMW Mini says: "Alongside lightweight construction techniques, aerodynamics also play a frontline role in the conceptual ideas behind the Mini Vision.

"The car's body includes an aerodynamic air intake and outlet around each front wheel arch, airflow-optimised wheel rims and exterior mirrors, and an integral, air-channelling roof spoiler."

Inside, the over-sized speedo - a hallmark of the modern Mini - is now fully digital and capable of showing an analogue style speedometer, or other parameters in a more futuristic 3D layout.

The eye-catching golden orange paintjob is also a first for Mini and coupled with the "oregano metal" exterior - an extremely mouldable but very strong material that is produced by pressing various fibres into a composite – creates a unique texture.

There is no word on an official release date but the front end of the Mini Vision concept looks strikingly similar to that of the car leaked in the aforementioned spy shots recently.

Take a look around the Mini Vision concept below

MINI Vision

MINI Vision