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Discover how an Electric or Plug-in Hybrid MINI can fit into your lifestyle at our Test Drive Event from Friday 23 April to Sunday 25 April.
If you’re looking for a car that’s all torque, as well as action, then let us introduce the latest MINI Electric. Featuring a sharper, sleeker design as well as immediate oomph thanks to instant torque.
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid on the other hand is powered by both a combustion engine and electric motor. So you can experience an electrifying combination, the spirit of an explorer with technology at its heart.
As part of the event, you’ll be able to experience how the cars drive, check out the technology first-hand, and see how these MINIs can fit into your lifestyle. We’ll also be answering your questions, offering home charging advice and providing clarity on what it really means to drive an electric or plug-in hybrid MINI.
Pre-book your test drive* today.
*Test drives are subject to applicant status and availability. To experience both models, please book two separate appointments.
From Monday 12th April, our MINI Centres are fully open for Sales and Aftersales, in line with Government guidance. We have enhanced safety measures in place to keep both you and our team protected at all times.
Here’s what we’re doing and how you can help:
• The temperature of our staff is being checked
• Social distancing measures are in place
• Hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout the Centres
• Protective screens have been fitted to desks where required
• Disposable gloves, seat, steering wheel and gear selector covers are being used by our service advisors, technicians and valeters
• Pre-appointment calls are made beforehand to limit the number of customers in the Centre at any given time
• Each vehicle that passes through the workshop will be sanitised using a safe disinfecting solution
• Customers are encouraged to make payments by card or other contactless methods
• Online sales enquiries are being conducted using video technology where possible
• Contactless collection/delivery of sold vehicles is available on request
Click here to view our opening hours.
Our sales teams are on hand to assist with your enquiry either within our Centres or from the comfort of your own home. Making an appointment is advisable to avoid any unnecessary waiting in light of social distancing and hygiene measures.
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MINI Service & Trade Parts
To make an appointment, please call us or you can book online 24/7:
Tel: 01254 274333
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We ask that you bring your vehicle to our Centre for your planned Service appointment and park in customer parking. Please access the Centre at Main Reception where you will be met by a member of staff. Your keys will be sanitised and we will wipe down the frequently touched surfaces with a safe disinfecting solution, adding PPE to the interior. Likewise, when you return to collect your vehicle from us, we will have done the same.
For Trade Parts enquiries or to place an order, please call:
We look forward to welcoming you to our Centres again and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure experience.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.
tap into your mini
Maximise your MINI experience with the new MINI App. Thanks to its array of clever features, you can plan journeys more easily than ever before. Start from the comfort of your couch by planning your route from the app, then send it directly to your MINI’s infotainment system so you’re ready to go. Plus, you can use the MINI App on your smartphone to track down where you’ve parked and even check whether you locked your doors. And when your next service is due, the app will ping you a notification to remind you to get booked in with your Bowker MINI Centre. Download it here.
*The MINI App is compatible with all MINI vehicles from the March 2018 model year onwards in conjunction with the option ConnectedDrive Services and a compatible smartphone. For the best in-app experience, vehicles will need to be equipped with Remote Services. The availability and functions of the MINI App may vary depending on the country.
5 MINI APP HIGHLIGHTS.
● Instant access to your MINI’s status
● Direct access to your MINI Service Centre
● Clever features and functions for electric models
● Easy and efficient journey planning with navigation and maps
● Regular upgrades with exciting new features and functions
CHECK YOUR MINI’S STATUS.
The MINI App’s ‘Vehicle’ gives you visibility of your MINI’s status. Check when your next service is due, how much oil is in the engine and even whether the doors are locked or not, all from the MINI App your smartphone.
It includes the following functions:
- Vehicle Info
- Vehicle Status (oil check/service required notification)
- Remote Services (vehicle search, lock/unlock doors
- Ventilation/Climate Control
- Link to MINI Driver’s Guide
And if you drive MINI Electric or MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid you get these additional functions:
- E-mobility features such as Remaining Range incl. Charging Status
- Charge & Climate Timer
- Charging History
- Scan & Charge (convenient access to MINI charging)
ADD YOUR MINI TO THE MINI APP IN JUST A FEW EASY STEPS.
PERFECT JOURNEY PLANNING.
Head to the ‘map’ tab for information about upcoming journeys, locations, destinations and useful information en route. It includes:
- Map Search
- Category Search
- Free Text Search
- Dealer Search
- Charging Station Search plus Details
- Points of Interest Search (POIs)
- Destination Details
- Favourites incl. Home and Work
- Parking Detail Screen
- Send-to-car Destinations
- Share Location from another app
EVERYTHING IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
The MINI App helps to make your experience easier and more efficient than ever. Create a personal profile, check out frequently asked questions and even find helpful information about roadside assistance – all in one place. Included are features such as:
- Personal Profile
- Roadside Assistance
- Financial Services
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Report a Problem
YOUR MINI, MANAGED.
Take care of your MINI’s servicing needs with ease. Use the MINI App to manage maintenance requirements, and get push notifications when a service is due. You can even schedule appointments and request roadside assistance directly through the app. It includes:
- Service Alerts
- Recall Alerts
- Contact your Preferred Dealer
- Online Appointment Scheduling
- Roadside Assistance
The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW is the new Safety Car for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. As such, it connects the brand’s electrified future with the rich racing history of John Cooper Works. The car was created out of the new MINI Electric as part of an unprecedented collaboration between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and the Formula E.
Electric drive meets John Cooper Works.
“We have already shown how well driving fun and electric mobility go together with the MINI Electric,” says Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. “However, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW goes at least a step further and blends the performance character of the John Cooper Works brand with electric mobility.
This extreme version of the MINI Electric has been developed as the Safety Car in the Formula E, so is clearly not intended for use on public roads. But it does reveal one of the directions we could take with the electrification of the JCW brand. For me, the message is clear: electrification and John Cooper Works are a good fit.”
Dynamism maximised – the exterior design.
The exterior of the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW has been purpose-built for life on the track and represents the most dynamic interpretation yet of a MINI with all-electric power. “The design is an exciting symbiosis of technical precision and emotion,” explains Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “Here, function dictates form, and many design elements have been shaped by technical considerations.
For example, we worked closely with our colleagues at BMW Motorsport to develop the form of the wheel arches and front and rear aprons, and the optimisation programme for them included weight-saving measures. This visually striking, technically precise design language gives the car its pervasive sense of emotional engagement and excitement.”
At the front of the car, classic MINI icons such as the circular headlights and hexagonal radiator grille create the familiar, easily recognisable MINI face. At the same time, signature John Cooper Works elements, such as wheel arches adapted to the car’s track width and the deep front apron with additional front splitters to the left and right, enhance the sporting visuals of the front end. The blanked off “radiator grille” and MINI Electric logo point to the electric “heart” of the Safety Car.
As virtually no drive system cooling is required through the upper area of the grille, the front end is largely enclosed to aid aerodynamics. The only exceptions are the area below the grille and the eye-catching, almost squared-off apertures for brake cooling. The Safety Car’s white flashing lights are integrated harmoniously into the bonnet. Characteristic MINI bonnet stripes extend over the roof to the rear end.
Showcasing MINI’s racing genes – the flanks.
The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW also cuts an extremely dynamic figure from the side. The interplay of geometrically accentuated spats (with carefully placed aero edges) and sporty side skirts gives the car the appearance of powering forward even before it turns a wheel. Together with the increased-diameter wheels, which almost fill the wheel arches, these elements strengthen the time-honoured MINI “stance on the wheels”. The spats and spoilers are made – or more precisely 3D printed from recycled carbon fibre – in Oxford.
Yellow accent lines and surfaces on the aero elements (e.g. the spats, skirts and rear wing) provide a nod to the airflow optimisation taking place in these areas and add a visual flourish to the air deflectors and aero edges. The lightweight 18-inch forged wheels in bi-colour black-neon/orange design bring significant visual depth and added intricacy to the four-spoke items from the MINI John Cooper Works GP.
The respective colour worlds of the MINI Electric and John Cooper Works brand merge into a single statement here. The main body colour is a matt silver which extends back beyond the centre-point of the car. A high-gloss wrap with a two-stage colour gradient – from Highspeed Orange to Curbside Red metallic – then covers the rest of the body to the rear.
The contrast between matt and gloss surfaces brings extra smoothness to the silhouette, while the clear, diagonal separation lines between the different colours injects further dynamism. On the flanks, a chequered flag-inspired pattern shares the stage with a large MINI Electric logo, which can also be found in the radiator grille, on the roof and at the rear end. The Safety Car brief also brings regulations-specific and sponsor-related graphics, which add further visual intensity to the car’s racing character.
Broad and eye-catching – the rear.
The rear end in black and Curbside Red metallic uses yellow accent surfaces to extend the eye-catching design language from the front end and flanks, and makes an extremely modern and dynamic statement. The prominent roof-mounted rear wing with air through-flow and yellow accent lines also integrates the signal light unit and was 3D printed at Plant Oxford. The flared wheel arches accentuate the car’s wide track and transition seamlessly into the pronounced rear apron. The rear apron has cut-outs around the wheels, clearing the view to the higher-grip racing tyres. Between the wheels sits an unadorned diffuser. When the car is viewed from this angle, the accents in Energetic Yellow and lack of exhaust tailpipes identify this as a car powered by an electric drive system.
Reduced to the max – the interior.
The interior is stripped back to the absolute essentials; only the front seats remain. The driver’s area consists of a certified seat with six-point belt approved for both racing and road use, a steering wheel with minimalist-design carbon fibre impact absorber and a digital instrument cluster. The central information display makes way for a carbon fibre cover here to further reduce weight. The centre console houses the gearshift lever, handbrake and controls for the necessary signal lights – all in exposed carbon fibre.
The likewise pared-back carbon-fibre door panels with window and door openers contain cloth straps to make closing the doors easier. Another central feature of the interior is the welded-in roll cage, which maximises safety. And the remainder of the stripped-out interior structure is also painted in typical racing white (for functional reasons).
Bespoke 3D-printed parts for the interior.
The steering wheel’s minimalist impact absorber and the boost panel on the right-hand side of the wheel are high-quality, custom-made components, likewise the centre console cowling and door panelling on the driver’s side. Another highlight are the removable pads on the sport seat, which are likewise 3D-printed and whose innovative structure combines comfort, robustness and modularity. The thickness, hardness and colour of the pads can be adapted as required according to the physiognomy, weight and personal taste of the driver at hand.
Ready for the race track, helped by knowhow from BMW Motorsport.
Behind the visually powerful design of the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW lies the expertise of BMW Motorsport. Rigorous adherence to lightweight design principles gives the Safety Car a kerb weight of approx. 1,230 kg – which makes it approx. 130 kg lighter than the standard MINI Electric.
The drive system – also based on that found in the MINI Electric – produces 135 kW and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft), which enables the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW to sprint from 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds (standard model: 7.3 s) and from 0-37 mph in 3.6 seconds (standard model: 3.9 s). Even more important for a Safety Car, though, are the mid-range figures. Here, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW showcases all the talents of its torque-rich electric drive system with single-speed transmission, enabling a 75 mph time of 4.3 seconds (standard model: 4.6 s).
The drive system teams up with racing coilover suspension (three-way adjustable for rebound, compression, height and camber) to deliver maximum go-kart feeling. Race-spec suspension control arm mountings, a 10 mm increase in track width, plus the four-piston brakes and wheels from the MINI John Cooper Works GP with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (size 245/40 R18) round off the overall package.
Premiere at the Rome E-Prix on 10.04.2021
The MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will come into use in Rome on 10 April 2021 at the second event (Race 3) of Formula E’s 2021 season. At the wheel will be official Formula E Safety Car driver Bruno Correia, as BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers Maximilian Guenther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) battle it out for victory in their BMW iFE.21 racers.
“Agility, performance and a cool looking car. The MINI Electric Pacesetter Safety Car of FIA Formula E World Championship has got it all. Very fun to drive, it feels like karting”, said Correia.
A charging solution for electric vehicle customers
We know that many Motability customers are interested in electric vehicles but are concerned with charging them. So, as part of the worry-free motoring package, the Motability Scheme are offering customers who place an application for full battery electric vehicles an ‘at home’ charge point at no additional cost, in partnership with BP Pulse.
If you don’t have access to off-street parking, then instead you’ll be given access to a network of charging points for easy on-street charging.
What costs are involved?
There are no costs for BP Pulse to supply and install a home charge point, but if there is work required to gain access to your electricity supply then you’ll have to cover these costs. Also, customers are responsible for paying for the electricity used to charge their car.
If you would prefer to use an alternative supplier you can do so, but this will be at your own cost. Motability insist that customers have some sort of provision in place before they deliver an electric vehicle, this is to ensure your continued mobility throughout your lease. If you are considering an electric vehicle you will need to have access to a charge point to recharge the battery and pay for the electricity that is used.
What will I need to do?
During your application for a full battery electric vehicle we will ask if you would like to take advantage of the charging solution. All you need to do is say yes, we will then pass your contact details onto BP Pulse.
You’ll then be contacted by BP Pulse directly who will arrange the provision of a charging solution.
You can discover the full range of cars on the Scheme here. If you are already a customer and are coming up to the end of your three-year contract, please contact one of our team and they will advise how to change to an electric vehicle.
Interested in Joining the Motability Scheme?
For more information about joining and possibly leasing one of the vehicles available on the scheme, we have Motability trained and award-winning specialists who are ready to answer your questions and help you choose your car. We’ll also guide you through the simple process and complete all the paperwork for you.
To find out more, please complete the form on this page and we’ll be in touch. Alternatively, call our friendly Motability specialists at Bowker Preston MINI on 01772 761234 or at Bowker Blackburn MINI on 01254 274333.
A lot of MINI Electric is what you know and love about the MINI Hatch already. Its iconic design and legendary responsive handling. The innovative tech. The ability to customise it to your taste (did we mention the six handsome colour options available?). But the new fully electric motor takes things to a whole new level. So, if you’re looking for a car that’s all torque, as well as action, then let us introduce the latest MINI Electric. It feels better than ever, with immediate oomph thanks to instant torque. And it looks better than ever too. With a sharper, sleeker update to its legendary MINI look and, of course, that MINI Electric feeling.
REASONS TO MAKE THE SWITCH TO mini ELECTRIC.
Now MINI Electric is here, you can make the switch to electric without losing any of the things you love about MINI. Need any more reasons to make the switch to MINI Electric? Read on.
ELECTRIC COSTS LESS.
The cost of electricity can be up to two thirds less than what you’re paying for petrol or diesel. When it comes to cost per mile, the news gets even better. Compared to a traditional petrol or diesel car, going fully electric could cut costs by up to three quarters or more. MINI Electric makes your money go further too. At just 4p per mile, it’s around 2.5 to 6 times cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS.
Charging MINI Electric is just as easy on the go. The UK network of public charging points is growing every day. And MINI Navigation will plan your route taking into account the 9,000+ charging points already available across the UK.
MINI have partnered with bp pulse, meaning MINI Electric drivers can charge up easily at over 7,000 public charging points using both AC and Rapid DC chargers.
CLEANER MEANS GREENER.
Bid farewell to traditional fuels and start living a little greener? With zero exhaust emissions, you’re creating less pollution as you drive. And by switching to a sustainable energy supplier, like MINI’s partner OVO Energy, you can reduce your environmental impact even more.
LOW MAINTENANCE MILES.
An electric car motor is less complex than a combustion engine. And because there are fewer moving parts, it means there’s less wear and tear, so maintenance can be kept to a minimum. When it’s time for a service, we can help you keep the costs down too with our simple monthly payment plans.
FILL UP AT HOME.
With MINI Electric, you’ll wake up every morning raring to go. Just plug in to a standard home socket overnight to recharge the battery whilst you’re sleeping. If you want more efficient charging, we recommend installing a Wallbox at home.
SMOOTHER, QUICKER, QUIETER.
One of the first things you notice when driving an electric car is how calm it feels inside. With no noise from the engine, you feel more relaxed and connected to the world outside. Without the need to change gear, accelerating feels smooth and effortless with instant torque from the electric motor. And when you put your foot down, there’s an immediate response and surge of speed that makes an electric vehicle ideal for city driving.
SAVE WITH A GOVERNMENT GRANT.
MINI Electric has been given a Category 1 rating by the government, which means you can receive a £2,500 grant towards the purchase price. Plus, if you’re buying a MINI Electric for your business, there’s a BIK rate of 0% from April 2020.
As electric vehicles produce no emissions, they are exempt from Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED). In London, they are also exempt from the congestion charge, as long as drivers apply for the 100% discount. And exempt from the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) too.
MORE ABOUT MINI ELECTRIC.
FEELS LIKE ELECTRIC, LOOKS LIKE MINI.
A lot of MINI Electric is what you know and love about the MINI Hatch already. Its iconic design and legendary responsive handling. The innovative tech. The ability to customise it to your taste (did we mention the six handsome colour options available?). But the new fully electric motor takes things to a whole new level.
Introducing the new MINI Clubman and Countryman Shadow Editions.
On sale for a limit time only in the UK, the latest addition to the MINI family comes with either a Cooper petrol engine, a powerful Cooper S petrol engine or as a plug-in hybrid (on MINI Countryman only).
The Shadow Edition’s sleek look and bold attitude push the playful MINI spirit to new levels. This sporty and masculine inspired special edition is offered on both Clubman and Countryman models. Based on the Sport style, the Shadow Edition is given a definitively grown-up look thanks to the Midnight Black metallic exterior paint colour and 19″ John Cooper Works Course Spoke alloy wheels in two-tone.
This edition focuses on blacked out features with contrasting Melting Silver roof, mirror caps and decal highlights. These specific Shadow decals offer changing tones and textures depending on the light conditions which are highlighted by the contrasting Melting Silver details. You can also personalise your limited edition thanks to various options† and the choice between manual or automatic transmission (sport automatic transmission on Cooper S variants).
The car comes with a bespoke Shadow Edition logo, embellished with a unique design, can be spotted on the side scuttles, bonnet, roof, dashboard interior trim and door sill finishers too.
Standard features on the interior include Piano Black interior trim with Shadow Edition logo, Door sill finishers with Shadow Edition design and logo, John Cooper Works sport seats, Walknappa steering wheel with John Cooper Works badge and multi-function controls, Anthracite headlining, Cruise control with brake function, Rear Park Distance Control, MINI Driving Modes, Interior lights pack and MINI logo projection
Navigation Pack is also offered on the MINI Shadow Edition, giving drivers the MINI Navigation system with an 8.8” display, Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Apple CarPlay, Remote Services – which gives customers full functionality on the newly released MINI App – ConnectedDrive Services and Intelligent Emergency calling (E-call).
For more information, please contact your local Bowker MINI Centre or complete the enquiry form and we’ll be in contact. Alternatively, visit our virtual showroom to view our full range.
Introducing the new MINI Countryman Boardwalk Edition. With just 325 units for sale in the UK, the latest addition to the MINI family is available with the Cooper 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine producing 136hp, or 2.0-litre Cooper S engine delivering 178hp.
The MINI Countryman Boardwalk Edition has an exterior colour of Deep Laguna Blue Metallic, contrasting black roof, black roof rails and piano black exterior. 19” alloy wheels, automatic tailgate, LED headlights and rear lights come as standard.
The car comes with a unique Boardwalk logo on the side scuttles and indicator, door entry strips, cockpit fascia and passenger side lower roof.
Standard features on the interior include interior lights pack and MINI Excitement Pack, which includes MINI logo projection, illuminated door handles and LED mood lighting. Additionally, the model has a fully digital display cockpit, automatic headlight activation, rain sensors and cruise control with brake function.
Navigation Pack is also offered on the MINI Countryman Boardwalk Edition, giving drivers the MINI Navigation system with an 8.8” display, Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Apple CarPlay, Remote Services – which gives customers full functionality on the newly released MINI App – ConnectedDrive Services and Intelligent Emergency calling (E-call).
The Boardwalk Edition also offers upgraded specification, including MINI Yours Leather and Comfort Plus Pack. This additional pack offers customers automatic air conditioning, seat heating, floor mats, storage pack and a front centre armrest. It also boasts folding and auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear view camera, Park Assist and front park distance control.
For more information, please contact your local Bowker MINI Centre or complete the enquiry form and we’ll be in contact.
Richard Ingram, Editor of Carbuyer said “The MINI Convertible offers something different, as very few small cars are available with a soft-top these days. It’s just as fun to drive as the hatchback version and comes with lots of kit, a stylish interior and an affordable price. That’s why it’s our Best Convertible in 2021, for the fourth year in a row.”
Priced from £20,630 (OTR) the car has a cleverly packaged interior matched with high-level equipment as standard including a 6.5” infotainment screen, Bluetooth functionality with USB audio, Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) and LED mood lighting. The fully electric roof also opens and closes in just 18 seconds.
David George, Director, MINI UK said, “It’s a fantastic accomplishment to have won Carbuyer’s Best Convertible for the fourth year running. The MINI Convertible has outsold its rivals every year since its launch in 2016 and continues to put a smile on our customers’ faces, and this award is really testament to that.”
To watch the awards and find out all of the category winners, please see https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/awards-2021.
Further information about MINI Convertible can be found at www.mini.co.uk.
The MINI moments.
“MINI sees its future self primarily as an enabler of and companion for unforgettable times – what we might call ‘MINI moments’. The MINI Vision Urbanaut uses three curated MINI moments – “Chill”, “Wanderlust” and “Vibe” – to present a wide range of possible usage scenarios. The Chill moment invites you to catch a breath and pause in the here and now. The car becomes a kind of retreat, a haven where you can relax – or work with full concentration – during a journey. Wanderlust is the only MINI moment where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is being driven or driving with automated driving functions. The moment Vibe puts time with other people at centre stage – in every way”, adds Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. The exterior and interior change to reflect the MINI moment at hand and give the experience the best possible stage. An all-encompassing user experience design, sustainable materials and a purely electric drive system are additional ingredients of the overall concept.
The interior design – More Creative Use of Space.
As an innovative space concept, the MINI Vision Urbanaut was designed from the inside out. The designers created the spacious interior experience before developing the exterior, using floor plans, pieces of furniture plus wooden scale models to provide an indication of size. Over the course of the project, augmented reality was employed to create a digital model, which was then systematically optimised. Unusually tall for a MINI, but only 4.46 m in length, the MINI Vision Urbanaut provides an interior space that can be used in many different ways and offers a whole new ease of movement inside the car.
Electric drive system and automated driving functions also create new ways to use the interior.
Having been conceived from the outset as an electrically powered vehicle with automated driving functions, the MINI Vision Urbanaut has afforded the designers a greater level of freedom when creating both the exterior and interior. “In 1959, the very first Mini ushered in a small-scale revolution in vehicle construction with its transversely mounted engine,” recalls Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “With the MINI Vision Urbanaut we have been able to rethink and increase the usable surface area inside the car even further in relation to its footprint.”
One space, a multitude of possibilities.
The interior of the MINI Vision Urbanaut provides the ideal environment in which to go on a journey, but is also the aim of the journey. Having arrived at the chosen destination, it can transform into a living room in just a few simple steps. Occupants enter the innovative cabin through a large sliding door in the side of the car. The cutting-edge slide and swivel mechanism is the ideal design for urban driving conditions where space is at a premium. There are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.
Driver’s area with “Daybed” and “Street Balcony”; “Cosy Corner” in the rear.
An extremely flexible four-seat layout provides the basis for the bright interior. The two front seats are designed to rotate, while the backrests for the generously sized seat surface in the rear can be folded manually (left rear seat) and turned around (right rear seat). When the car is stationary, the dashboard lowers and the driver’s area becomes a comfortable seating corner – the “daybed”. Added to which, the windscreen can be opened upwards when stationary to create a kind of Street Balcony. This enhances interaction with the car’s surroundings and creates an even more generous spatial experience.
The darker environs of the cabin’s rear section provide a quieter space – the Cosy Corner. This area invites passengers to enjoy some time to themselves. A textilecovered “Loop” extends over the seat bench and features the option of LED backlighting. Between Cosy Corner and the driver’s area is the open and airy central section of the car, which offers quick access to all seating areas. With the door open, it is even possible to sit on the floor. On the side of the car opposite the entry door, a small integrated table with a plant adds a finishing touch to the interior fittings. The table signifies the car’s new centre point – the place where passengers meet, face and engage with one another.
User interface and interaction design – “Analogue love, digital connection” as a guiding principle.
Intuitive, discreet user interface solutions allow conventional controls such as switches or buttons to be omitted. This creates a minimalist, cosy spatial experience while maintaining full connectivity. The principle of making things as simple as possible to use (“natural interaction”) is highlighted by the “analogue”, tactile, haptic experience of initiating a feature, e.g. the direct touch operation option in the Loop over the rear seat bench. The circular instrument is now positioned in the middle of the car – the new centre of the action – and brings information to the place where people meet.
The “MINI Token” – the digital-analogue interface for MINI moments.
The MINI Token is the centrepiece of the MINI Vision Urbanaut’s experience worlds. It is roughly the same size as a worry stone and activates the three preconfigured MINI moments – Chill, Wanderlust and Vibe – when placed in purpose-designed slots in the table at the centre of the car. Other MINI moments are conceivable, such as “My MINI moment”. Here, the MINI Token can be programmed to provide another kind of personalised experience, in which the user can configure their own preferred scenario of fragrance, ambient lighting, music, etc. and call it up directly at a later time.
The exterior design – the spirit of the brand in a new form.
The purist mono-volume design of the MINI Vision Urbanaut gives new meaning to the “Creative Use of Space” approach. The flush, virtually seamless surface creates a modern baseline mood, with high-quality details adding carefully judged stylistic flourishes. In signature MINI fashion, the wheels are positioned at the outer corners of the body, with short overhangs rounding off a compact and agile appearance.
A new MINI face.
The front end of the MINI Vision Urbanaut represents a clear evolution of two timehonoured MINI design icons – the headlights and radiator grille. Positioned under a milled aluminium structure with slotted openings, the headlights are only visible when switched on. Thanks to their multicolour dynamic matrix design they can display different multi-coloured graphics, which creates a new form of communication between the car and the outside world to suit each moment. The lights on the MINI Vision Urbanaut complement the front “grille” with the attractive look distinctive to every MINI. The enclosed grille itself is now octagonal in shape, representing an evolution of the traditional hexagonal form. Since the MINI Vision Urbanaut does not have a combustion engine requiring cooling air, the grille assumes a new function: it now serves as an intelligence panel for automated driving.
As with the headlights, mulitcolour dynamic matrix rear lights behind milled aluminium covers deliver a fresh aesthetic and present different looks in the various driving modes and MINI moments. On closer inspection, the distinctive, convex surfaces also pay homage to previous MINIs and the classic Mini. One small detail – the contour of the rear windows – references the form of the front grille and underscores the car’s stylistic consistency.
The clear form of the exterior supplies the car’s colours, materials and details with the perfect stage. The matt exterior shade Zero Gravity transitions from a metallic green with blue flip effect to a subtly toned grey. The windows show a pattern in body colour, fading in a gradient from bottom to top. This creates a harmonious transition from the vehicle body to the windows and roof. The pattern also provides a certain amount of privacy without having to darken the windows; the interior remains bright.
Illuminated skateboard wheels provide visual flourishes.
The visual highlight of the MINI Vision Urbanaut when viewed from the side are the wheels, finished in the colour Ocean Wave, a turquoise blue which sparks associations with the beach and the sound of the sea. The abstract Union Jack profile of the wheels is a nod to the car’s British heritage, while their shape recalls skateboards – thereby further highlighting the car’s nimbleness and non-conformist MINI twist. The wheels also represent another way in which the car communicates with its surroundings. Transparent and illuminated from the inside, their appearance changes according to the selected MINI moment.
MINI charms – tactile loveables.
Occupying an exposed position in the C-pillar on the driver’s side are the “charms”. They offer reminders of places travelled, festivals or other events in the form of pins or stickers, and are presented as graphic collector’s items behind glass, as if in a display cabinet. The MINI charms are also an expression of wanderlust and show what the owner has experienced with the MINI Vision Urbanaut – like the stickers on camper vans or badges on walking poles in days gone by. One charm is dedicated to the #Next Gen platform on which the MINI Vision Urbanaut will celebrate its world premiere. Another has a QR code which, when scanned, takes you to MINI.com. In this way, the analogue and digital worlds come together in the car’s exterior as well. Expressing the MINI moments in the interior and exterior. If one of the three MINI moments is activated by placing the MINI Token in the slots in the table, this is signalled on the outside of the car through the front and rear surfaces and wheel rims. In the interior, the whole geometry – including the seats, the form of the dashboard/daybed and the backrest positions – can be adjusted manually according to the MINI moment selected. The circular instrument display also changes. Fragrance, sound and ambient lighting continue to enrich the baseline mood initiated by the chosen MINI moment.
MINI moment Chill – an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
In the MINI moment Chill, the MINI Vision Urbanaut becomes a private retreat, an urban oasis. While the rear seat bench (Cosy Corner) invites various seating and lying positions, the backlit Loop above it takes on an appearance inspired by a green forest canopy and can also be dimmed. Ambient music and atmospheric sounds from nature are added to the mix. In the central area, the circular instrument folds down to become a table lamp, eliminating displays or switches that might remind the customer of their automotive surroundings. From the outside, the MINI moment Chill is revealed in the abstract representation of a forest canopy around the headlights, rear lights and wheels.
MINI moment Wanderlust – the joy of travelling together.
Wanderlust is the only one of the three MINI moments where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is actually moving. In this moment, the interior becomes the ideal place for driving the car, or being driven by it, and enables customers to rediscover the romance of travel. The user interface on the central circular instrument adapts its visuals to reflect a world of travel inspired by tourism posters of the 1950s and 60s. Alongside an animation of the route, additional journey information – such as visitor attractions and arrival time – is displayed here for those on board. The Loop above the rear seat bench visualises the feeling of movement with a simulated blur of passing scenery in a mix of orange and turquoise. When the customer wants to drive themselves, a tap of a finger on the MINI logo brings out the steering wheel and pedals. A minimalist parallax display in the dashboard provides route instructions or hazard alerts. There are no other driving-related displays in the dashboard. When automated driving mode is activated, the steering wheel and pedals retract and the driving display disappears from the dashboard. On the exterior of the car, the light graphics in the LED matrix surfaces at the front and rear ends signal whether automated mode has been engaged or the customer is driving themselves.
MINI moment Vibe – celebrating community, sharing moments.
In the MINI moment Vibe, the MINI Vision Urbanaut opens up to people and its surroundings, and provides an experience of togetherness and interaction. Opening the side door and folding up the windscreen creates a welcoming scene that blurs the boundaries between the outside and inside. Amid a colour world of magenta and black with turquoise highlights, the MINI Vision Urbanaut provides a central meeting hub; one which can be either quiet or loud. The central circular instrument becomes a media control centre. An animation of graphic equalizers moving with the music is projected onto surfaces of the front, rear, wheels and Loop above the rear seat bench, creating a pleasant club atmosphere. If those on board so desire, the car could even begin to resemble a boombox.
Digital services connected with the MINI Vision Urbanaut
The concept behind the MINI Vision Urbanaut includes services designed to make using the car an enriching and seamless experience. For example, the MINI Vision Urbanaut can be opened using smart devices – so, in keeping with its status as a mobility option of the future, it can be accessed by anyone within a defined circle of family and friends. Playlists, audio books or podcasts to suit the route and the moment can be explored while travelling in the Wanderlust moment. A personal journey planner displays tips and points of interest (POI) tailored to the individual, as well as recommendations from the MINI Community. These can be proposed and selected as desired.
Sustainable materials and a responsible mindset.
The MINI Vision Urbanaut is characterised by the responsible use of resources. As well as maximum space within a small footprint and the all-electric drive system, the MINI Vision Urbanaut is committed to a responsible approach to materials. This is achieved not only by reducing the number of components in the exterior and interior design, but also by enabling dual functions such as the dashboard/daybed. In addition to the use of recyclates, this also means ensuring that the design is free of chrome and leather. Along with the use of recycled materials, this also means avoiding chrome and leather. The dominant material in the interior is knitted textile, which combines cosiness and quality with softness and comfort. The use of cork on the steering wheel and sections of the floor adds a special touch thanks to its natural feel, and ensures an authentically pleasant interior climate.
Unfortunately, our annual MINI Halloween Drive Out has been postponed this year, but that doesn’t mean to say, you can’t recreate the fun at home yourselves!
If you’re looking for something spooktacular to do during half term, at Bowker MINI, we’ve got the perfect plan for you!
Download our driving route and create your very own Bowker MINI Halloween Drive Out!
Our ghostly route will take you on a tour of some of Lancashire’s scariest spots. Starting and ending at Bowker Ribble Valley experience Halloween in Pendle, home of the famous Pendle Witches.
To download our MINI Drive Out click here. Don’t forget to share your spooky pictures with us using the #HalloweenatBowker!
talk business at bowker. Friday 4th September.
At Bowker MINI, we’re committed to providing outstanding service to our customers, which is why we’re ready to talk business. Whether you’re a sole trader, fleet manager, drive a company car or even take a cash allowance, we understand there’s questions you might want to ask.
Join us at our virtual event on Friday 4th September where our Corporate Expert will be on hand to help.
Discuss everything from company car tax, to alternative fuels for your business and compelling contract hire rates that can be tailored for you, in a no obligation 1-2-1 Zoom call. Simply book your slot and we’ll be in touch to confirm your time.
We’re here to help, so let’s talk business together.
Erin Baker, Editorial Director of Auto Trader, said: “This loveable builder of cool British cars claims Auto Trader’s Most Loved Brand award this year, with a range of great-looking models replete with endless personalisation options. MINI always brings a smile to the face.”
Voted for by 181,000 car owners, the awards are categorised based on customer’s lifestyles including awards for Most Fun Car to Drive and Best Car for Towing.
David George, Director, MINI UK said “This is a fantastic award to win and a very fitting one for the brand. To be over 60 years old and winning ‘Most Loved Brand’ shows our customers really understand the soul of MINI, something that’s captured perfectly in the new MINI Electric”.
To keep the health and safety of our customers a priority, we are pleased to be providing a mail order service for MINI Genuine Parts.
You can make your purchase in four easy steps:
- Call our Parts Department (Preston 0800 1957957 | Blackburn 0800 919724)
- Choose your products
- We will take contactless card payment over the phone
- Your order will be posted via a trackable delivery service
We also have a local van delivery service. Please ask for details and availability.
By choosing Genuine MINI Parts, you’re making sure everything runs exactly as intended. Accuracy, a snug fit and durability can be guaranteed. That’s why we’re happy to give you a two year unlimited mileage warranty on every Genuine MINI Part.
A big Bowker thank you to everyone who took part in the Bowker MINI Halloween Drive Out this year.
On Sunday 27th October, more than 30 cars and 80 passengers in fancy-dress left Bowker MINI in Blackburn from 10am, before completing a spooky circuit of Pendle and the Ribble Valley.
The annual creepy car cavalcade wound its way to the final destination – Samlesbury Hall – for brews, bacon and prizes, before a Ghost Tour for hardy souls whose nerves can still take it.
Look out for more Bowker MINI events soon.
The Bowker MINI Centre on the docks in Preston has a new manager.
55-year old Peter Turner from Wigan is a familiar face at Bowker. He was originally an employee of Bowker Motor Group between 2002 and 2008.
Most recently, he enjoyed successful sales management roles with motorcycle retailers Bowker Harley-Davidson from 2014 and then Bowker Motorrad – both also in Preston.
And, during a 27-year career in automotive retail, Peter also managed the Bowker MINI centre in Blackburn between 2007 and 2008.
Away from work, Pete is married to Vicky and has two sons, Adam and Liam. Peter is a keen rugby league player and fan.
“It’s good to be back with MINI. The Centre in Preston has a close-knit group of loyal customers. We enjoy events and drive outs together. I’m looking forward to keeping up the good work with the kind of motoring retail experience our MINI customers deserve.”
Peter’s first events included the annual Halloween MINI Drive Out in October and a sneak peek at the new MINI electric in November.
The Bowker MINI showroom was opened in Preston in 2001 and extended in 2013. Three years later the centre became the first in Lancashire to complete refurbishment with a new open-plan layout; space for up to eight cars and complimentary coffee bar and refreshments.