Mini Touts Design Details for New Models, Like Seriously Cool Seats
Mini showed a series of design features for the upcoming Cooper and Countryman lineups.
The highlighted elements include a new steering wheel, snazzy wheels, and some swanky seats.
For some odd reason, Mini felt the need to highlight a new circular OLED screen but not release photos of it.
Mini is undergoing a transitional phase, with multiple models about to be refreshed or enter a whole new generation—or, in the case of the Clubman, disappear altogether. As the new era dawns, the automaker has revealed a few upcoming design highlights set to debut on its new models, including fresh wheel designs.
Mini teased us with two new sets of wheels, including a modern-looking six-spoke design with flat silver blades over the spokes. A somewhat busy set of seven-spoke wheels (shown above) were also displayed, with silver metal accents covering a gloss black finish.
Cool Seat Styling
Mini also showed off some seriously swanky new seats with a colorful cloth pattern on the bolstering. The leather inserts are perforated in a pattern somewhat reminiscent of a diamond-stitch on higher-end cars.
Sweet Steering Wheel
Among the sneak peeks is a new steering wheel design. An un-pictured standard option comes with two spokes, while the optional wheel shown above features a third spoke made of cloth. While it's probably not great for actually steering the car, it does look pretty neat.
Another new detail coming to Mini models is a modern interpretation of the brand's iconic circular center display. Previously, we've seen blurry spy photos of a new round infotainment screen, and now Mini has revealed it to be an 11.0-inch OLED touchscreen.
This was confirmed along with the other details, all of which included a photo. Annoyingly, the company felt compelled to mention it in the press release but decided against showing a single photo of it. Why, Mini? Why?
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