This MINI concept has two sofas, a 'gullwing' windscreen and fluorescent wheels
It's called the 'Vision Urbanaut' and it is weird. And interesting
Every once in a while, car makers love to reveal new concepts that we (and they) know are never going to be built. They usually call it a 'design study', which is often true: they're basically making a quirky and odd vehicle to have a bit of fun because they know that when it comes to production vehicles, there are strict rules. The latest weird concept vehicle comes from MINI and it's called the Vision Urbunaut.
The Urbanaut (cool name, btw) was first introduced in November 2020 but they're actually going to unveil a physical model at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) Summer conference in Munich on July 1, 2021.
According to Head of MINI Bernd Körber, the idea is to "focus on the ‘Clever Use of Space’", and take these attributes "into the future of mobility and interpret them in a typically MINI way". The vehicle takes the shape of a van - boxy and compact - with sliding doors at the rear, fluorescent wheels, and four revolving seats in the cabin, along with a sofa.
The crazy thing is, the dashboard is made from fabric and can also be used as an additional sofa once the steering wheel is retracted. Furthermore, the windscreen opens - kinda like the dihedral doors of a McLaren or the gullwing doors of a Mercedes SLS - and you can use the car as an open-air living room. It certainly looks comfortable, like a slightly unusual Uber ride or the lounge of an Art Deco hotel. Sort of.
It'll never get made, certainly not with the odd wheels and the windshield, BUT there's a possibility that MINI will eventually create an actual VAN/people carrier for the road to compete with the VW Bus/ID.BUZZ. Would you buy it?