Mini is previewing its future leather-free interiors at the 2021 LA Auto Show.
Last year, you may remember when Mini unveiled the radical Vision Urbanaut concept. Essentially a living room on wheels, the Urbanaut was brought to life in June this year, previewing Mini's vision of interior designs with sustainable materials. Following its global debut at Munich earlier this year, the Mini Urbanaut has made its North American debut and is being showcased at the LA Auto Show.
While the concept takes the form of a compact urban EV, the interior is surprisingly spacious, offering more space than a Mini Cooper. Using a combination of fragrance, sound, and ambient lighting, the concept is designed to evoke the feelings of "Chill", "Wanderlust", and "Vibe," creating a cozy atmosphere.
Accessing the cabin with a large sliding door reveals a living room-esque environment with rotating front seats and a rear bench with darker surroundings and LED backlighting that help rear passsengers relax. Wanderlust mode activates the concept's autonomous driving features, while the Vibe mode opens the side door, folds up the windshield, and the central circular instrument becomes a media control center, with music and animations of graphic equalizers projected onto the wheel surfaces and above the rear seat bench creating a club atmosphere.
"At Mini Design we believe that the best way to understand the overall concept behind the Mini Vision Urbanaut is to experience it," said Oliver Heilmer, Head of Mini Design.
"The feeling of space and the innovative materials are just asking to be explored. That is why it was very important for us from the outset to also make a physical model of the Mini Vision Urbanaut. And now that moment has come. We have planned and built every aspect of the model - which allows people to experience all of the facets of the Mini Vision Urbanaut."
The Urbanaut's interior was created without any leather or chrome materials and instead utilizes recycled materials such as wool, polyester and Tencel. This will soon become a reality as Mini will no longer offer leather materials for future models including the next-generation Mini Cooper.