Following the first preview and set to debut at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Monza Concept proposes an evolution of the design language introduced with the Insignia.
Penned by a team led by Mark Adams, the Monza Concept is a 4.69 meter long vehicle, with a very low stance (1.31 meters) and a shooting-brake rear section.
The front end is characterized by a sculpted hood with the trademark center fold. The aggressive headlights with twin light units are combined with the silver-accented air intakes and the chromed bar on the grille, bearing the Opel/Vauxhall badge.
The side view has a more distinctive personality: the arched roofline is underlined by a metal-finished trim and sweeps slightly upwards just before reaching the tailgate it.
This, in combination with the low cockpit structure – around 15 centimeters lower than in conventional models – allows to achieve a good luggage capacity (500 liters) and no constrained headroom for the passengers despite the reduced height.
The flanks feature smooth, flowing surfaces inspired by the ocean waves lapping on the shore – resulting into a clean and light look. They are complemented by the large boomerang-shaped air openings and by the side-sills that taper off in front of the rear wheel arches.
The overall surface treatment of the sides takes inspiration from the lean physique and slim waist of a greyhound dog, running as if on tip-toes.
The overall design evolves the philosophy introduced with the Insignia – called “Sculptural artistry meets German precision.”
“This is the next bold step along our journey into the future, but at the same time we show that we have established a consistent design in which people can build trust”, says Mark Adams, Head of Opel Design.
The large gullwing doors allow easy entry and egress for front and rear-seat passengers.
They swing up like the outstretched wings of a condor and offer an unobstructed view of the spacious, open passenger cabin (or the surroundings from the inside) thanks to the absence of a B-pillar.
Inside, the cockpit continues the aesthetic theme of the exterior, with flowing surfaces and sweeping contours.
The instrument panel features a sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door, and is used as a single projection surface.
A total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display, combining vehicle and infotainment information as well as customizable decorative elements.
The advanced connectivity system includes three different levels – called ME, US and ALL.
From a technical standpoint, the Monza Concept is based on a modular design to allow highest-possible flexibility when selecting a propulsion system.
The Concept to be displayed at the Frankfurt show is equipped with an electric drive with a 1.0 liter, three-cylinder SIDI turbo CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) range extender – a further development of the Ampera’s technology.