It’s the first round OLED display ever fitted to a car, Mini says, measuring 240mm (9.4in) in diameter and capable of hosting eye-catching new graphics and motifs, with a totally new and largely bespoke infotainment interface.
Unusually, this new system will not be paired with a digital gauge cluster, instead featuring a simpler head-up display for critical information such as speed and directions. Elsewhere, an optional light projector can coat the dashboard in colour, depending on which mode is selected.
It runs Mini’s new ninth-generation operating system, which the firm says has been optimised for touch and voice controls, and an optional light projector can coat the dashboard in colour, depending on which mode is selected.
The new Mini will also offer 5G compatibility, a digital key option and remote software upgrades, in addition to a digital store with access to games, video and music streaming applications.
Elsewhere, it’s a case of tradition meeting innovation, with distinctive LED lighting patterns integrated into the knitted dashboard, but a familiar panel of toggle switches retained for climate control functions.
Drive selection is now handled by a lever behind the steering wheel – itself now smaller and “sportier”, but still hosting physical controls – with the new-look, low-set centre console given over to a pair of cupholders, two USB-C charging ports and a generous storage cubby.