Travel doesn’t look the same these days. So, companies across industries are using these restrictions to spark creativity, leading to various new designs. And the latest comes from car manufacturer MINI. The brand is known for its smaller, funkier vehicles just released a design concept that turns a car into a traveling room.
Called the Vision Urbanaut, the automobile transforms into three different lounge setups when parked, making for the ultimate intimate party pad. A large sliding passenger’s side door opens to four seats and three designated areas. The front is called the “Daybed,” where the front seats swivel and the dashboard lowers to create a corner sofa. The back is the “Cosy Corner” and is where the two rear seats can convert into a chaise complete with LED lighting overhead. And along the central wall is a table that flips down and comes with a plant and a reading light.
These areas transform even more when a preconfigured “MINI moment” is activated. By placing a token in a slot in the table, you can enable three mood settings: chill, wanderlust, and vibe. Chill changes the lighting to green hues, and you can add a covering over the rear bench. Wanderlust allows the driver to engage automated driving capabilities, and the circular display reveals tourism posters from the 50s and 60s. Lastly, Vibe encourages indoor-outdoor living with the side door opening and windscreens folding to create a balcony effect.
Other changes when you select a moment include scent being pumped into the car. And the headlights, rear lights, and wheels can change colors with the different motifs as well. While a lot of those functions are automated, the seats themselves have to be adjusted manually.
The unique design is all housed in a relatively compact car with an overall minimalist design. Matte shades of metallic green and gray cover the exterior, while sleek lines and natural hues adorn the interior. There are few buttons by design, but the iconic circular panel remains. It’s just located centrally in the living area to provide pertinent information to passengers.