Last month we gave you the first details of the next generation MINI’s interior with the big news being the removal of the center speedometer. We told you that the speedo would be moving behind the steering wheel to where the current car’s tachometer is. And with the photos above (enhanced for a clearer view) we our first look.
As reported last month, The rev counter is the smaller semi-circle to the left of the speedo. Inside the speed will be a large digital readout similar to the one found on current small BMWs.
Sources familiar with the new interior have called the final form a huge step forward for MINI and likely one of the selling points of the new car. While these photos don’t show that form they do show a radically altered design brimming with new technology.
For a quick recap, let’s focus on the image above and break-down the details of what we see. What we see here is the cheapest spec interior (there will be four total) with the top finished in rough prototype plastic. The higher spec interiors will actually feature different and improved soft dash materials similar to the new 1 Series BMW.
Then there’s the odd looking bezel around the central stack. The actual finished chrome bezel happens to be in the passenger’s hand. The white strip around the circular portion of the centre stack is actually mood lighting, which lights up and swirls around when you turn on the standard keyless ignition.
As mentioned the center speedo on the MINI has been axed for the F56 due to two reasons. First MINI has taken hit after hit in consumer surveys with the main speedometer being located in the center of the car and wants to listen to that sentiment. Secondly the electronics of this car will be almost identical to the upcoming front wheel drive BMW. And while that doesn’t mean they couldn’t do a center speedo, it meant that there was additional cost this time in making it happen.
The air vents will be losing their 100% circular look with the center two being more square. But don’t fret, the circular theme will be continued with round vents near each door.
Finally outside the cockpit it’s worth mentioning the side mirror. This is also perhaps our best look yet at MINI’s new aero-friendly mirror design. The extra ring around the mirror looks to be a aero aid of some kind but details are still scarce.
We’ll have more on the next generation MINI soon.