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2013 MINI Zero design concept
This is the MINI Zero concept, the design vision from former BMW Designworks Senior Designer, Sonny Lim for the 2013 MINI replacement.
Lim worked for the German firm between 2007 and 2011 and was influential in the styling of the i8 sportscar concept, so although this is not an official BMW-MINI project, it certainly carries some weight.
The Zero concept is said to “reclaim the true heritage of the brand” – that means it goes back to the original car’s routes with a lightweight chassis (850kg is the target) and a reduced footprint.
The Zero is smaller than the current MINI, too – 152mm shorter than the existing Hatch – but is larger than the axed MINI Rocketman concept.
According to Lim, his vision for the next-gen MINI eschews any gimmicks or fashion trends – “the Zero is the most basic entry-level car in the range and is positioned under the MINI One. It is authentic and the spiritual successor to the classic MINI.”
The concept also evolves the current MINI’s design, with a more modern and sophisticated look – a problem BMW has had with updating the car, manifested by little change in styling from the first to second generation vehicle.
A range of frugal low-capacity three-cylinder turbocharged engines shared with future front-wheel drive BMW products would power Lim’s MINI Zero concept, as the eventual replacement of the current car is likely to get.
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