MINI’s interior design language has been a retro infused rocketship derived extravaganza since 2001. And according to new spy photos from Auto Express, that’s about a change. The photos in question show completely re-thought center speedo with the entertainment controls placed within the center. While the size may be about the same, the bezel and surrounding area has gotten dramatically smaller to lessen the overall mass of unit. The result is a more modern look with improved usability. But where is the actual speedometer?
Also worth noting are the BMW 1 Series derived controls for the radio re-shaped to subtle mimic the MINI winged logo. In our minds anything MINI can infuse from BMW in regard to usability of controls is a very good thing.
Moving down a bit you’ll also notice what looks like a gaping hole below the buttons. We believe this is a phone compartment or even a dock that allows for some unannounced phone/vehicle integration that will make the current version of MINI Connected look like Windows 95.
The optional navigation system is also a little of an unknown quantity. Will it raise from the dash? We don’t think so. Will it replace what’s in the center speedometer? More likely but some of that functionality seen in the photos will have to move as the nab screen won’t replace it all.
And what of the Navigation system in general? We’ve been told to expect a MINI version of BMW’s fantastic new iDrive interface complete with hard drive storage for music and a much better and larger screen.
Go check out Auto Express for the entire range of images.
Image source: Auto Express