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The MINI Concept Tokyo In Depth

Here’s the full press release detailing the new MINI Concept Tokyo that we’ll see in a few days at the Tokyo Auto Show (from MINI Press):

At the Tokyo Motor Show MINI will present a concept car which is a modern interpretation of the MINI Traveller.

Forty-five years after the launch of the Mini Traveller in September 1960, MINI is proudly presenting the MINI Concept Tokyo at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, a design study taking up the basic philosophy of the “travelling” Englishman at the beginning of the 21st century under the motto “Go British” in contemporary style. And indeed – the appearance, style, and look of this Concept Car with numerous design details already lauded as genuine icons is typical of MINI all the way.

Numerous innovations both inside and outside are also characteristic of MINI design, for example wide-opening doors with parallelogram kinematics, a coupe-like look without a B-pillar, exclusive silver metallic paintwork and exquisite materials within the interior. So MINI Concept Tokyo bears reference to the classic traveller in every respect, also through its elegant Estate design, a symmetrically split double door at the rear, and split side windows at the back of the car.

Sporting Look.

The overall look of the car is firm, taut and muscular. The wheel arches, the shoulder line and powerdome, in turn, are striking and almost spectacular, the air intake on the engine compartment lid and the twin tailpipes both typical of the MINI Cooper S accentuating the car’s sporting look. In its design, the MINI Concept Tokyo is a clear statement – the car has character, it looks powerful and elegant all in one, and, through its higher roof, it also accentuates its functional benefits.

Intelligent MINI Features in the Concept of the Car.

An important aspect in developing MINI Concept Tokyo was to make entering and loading the car as simple and straightforward as possible. Precisely this is why all four doors (driver/front passenger/rear doors) come with suspension points and hinges with parallelogram kinematics swivelling in parallel to the side and to the front in one single movement, thus offering maximum access to the interior of the car.

The sliding side windows at the rear open electrically, the front section moving back parallel beneath the rear section. Thanks to the omission of the B-pillar, MINI Concept Tokyo generates a particularly generous, coupe-like impression. The long wheelbase and the Easy Entry System with swivelling driver and front passenger seats, in turn, provides good and convenient access to the two seats at the rear, and the windows in both rear doors retract electrically.

Intelligent Cargo Roof for Consistent Use of Space.

MINI Concept Tokyo offers new options and flexibility for all eventualities wherever you may go, even on the roof: The cargo roof houses both a table and two chairs, with the appropriate section of the roof folding down when required from outside in front of the rear window.

Cargo Box in the Luggage Compartment.

The loading area in MINI Concept Tokyo comes complete with an adjustable Cargo Box with various functions integrated in the floor of the car. Extending out to the rear, the cover on top of the Box also serves as a loading aid. And swivelling up when required, the transparent cover on the Cargo Box also serves as a partition between the passenger area and the loading compartment.

Sports Utility Box Serving as a Multifunctional Storage Facility.

The Sports Utility Box is a multifunctional storage compartment fitting conveniently into the opening created by the rear side windows when opened. All you do is hook in the Sports Utility Box from outside, with its lower section resting on the side window opening. Flaps allow convenient loading and unloading both from outside and from the passenger compartment, also making it easy to pass through objects from one side to the other.

Floating Elements Characterising the Car’s Interior Design.

The Floating Elements Concept is full of surprises right from the start, keeping the floor of the car completely free and uncluttered and creating a generous and open impression. Only the central “island” forming the centre console covers the foot area, with the seats appearing to hover in space suspended from the centre support.

The dashboard with its rotating Centre Speedo also appearing to hover in space accentuates this particular impression. The rear-seat backrests, in turn, fold down individually, forming a flat surface flush with the floor of the luggage compartment.

Satellite Silver Metallic Paint and Neoprene Contours.

In the light, MINI Concept Tokyo glistens in brilliant silver, while all sections not exposed to light from the beholder’s perspective stand out in a discreet shade of grey. The characteristic black side stripe along the sills and wheel cutouts, in turn, are made of soft, resilient neoprene.

Leather, Brass Look and Aluminium as the Main Materials.

White leather inside the car enhances the impression of modern style, conveying a sophisticated ambience and accentuating the clear lines of MINI Concept Tokyo, with green surfaces and brass highlights such as the seat upholstery in Chesterfield design standing out elegantly.

The general interior philosophy is to combine warm, high-quality leather with various surface structures further supplemented by cool-looking metallic surfaces. One example is the aluminium-coated glass-fibre structure along the inner door panels, a carbon-fibre look accentuating the footwells and harmonising perfectly with woven nylon carpets underlining the sporting character of the car.

Forty-Five Years of the Mini Traveller.

The four-door Mini with an extra-large luggage compartment made its debut in September 1960 in the guise of the Austin Seven Countryman and, respectively, the Morris Mini Traveller. Indeed, the term “traveller” alone showed that this very special Mini Estate was targeted even back then at an active group of purchasers with genuine lifestyle. Total sales by 1982 amounted to more than 400,000 units, including a special version of the Mini Clubman launched in 1969.

We should see more photos when the car actually debuts at the show next week.

Related:

[ MINI Concept at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show ] MotoringFile

[ MINI Frankfurt Concept In Depth ] MotoringFile

Written By: Gabe

  • Tom

    And don’t forget about the function of those wheels – FOOD – yes they look like Tacos – yum yum just ready to eat, so pull up to a wheel and chow down!

  • O(=^=)O Capn

    So, it looks like the closest we will get to a an SUV is a SUB (Sports Utility Box or overgrown pic-a-nic basket )

    Where do they keep the SUB when it isn’t in use?

    http://www.campjellystone.com/

  • Nathaniel Salzman

    I find it funny how they keep repeating “coupe-like appearance” as though someone’s going to mistake the car for a minivan or something. “Oh wow, a 2-door coupe! Wait a second…”

    Seems to me like they’d be more deliberate about emphasizing the more wagon aspects of the car and the increases in space rather than “well, it’s a 2-door, but it’s also a coupe”.

    “Mr. President, we looked up ‘redundant’ in the dictionary and it said ‘see redundant'”

    “Well, you can say that again.”

  • alpinamike

    Why is it green of all colors? Big cup holder, or Change holder??

  • O(=^=)O Capn

    That’s where the table goes

  • alpinamike

    I know that i was just joking.

  • http://www.blokspeed.net Eelke

    Why green? Well, the whole concept is a bit crazy, so why not a crazy color? Also, the text says it is silver (like the Concept Frankfurt), so it might just be the picture. Keeping the color the same would have saved them from a respray :) (It wouldn’t surprise me if this were actually exactly the same physical car with just a few parts changed).


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