Key characteristics are the signature design cues, such as narrow,
boomerang-shaped lights, the blade feature on the side, as well as much more sculpted surfaces.
“Our job was to combine the E-Flex chassis with a body style that’s dynamic, yet makes the best use of space,” explains Anthony Lo, Head of Advanced Design.
“We also wanted to give the current Opel design language a special accent and to update the history of earlier concept cars with a few surprising innovations.”
The front end is characterized by small air intakes allowed by the lower cooling-air requirements of the compact, economical turbo-diesel engine and electric motor.
"The only air intakes are two openings beneath the bumper. The original idea to completely forego the conventional radiator grille was quickly rejected, however."
Anthony Lo: “The polished aluminum bar with the Opel logo is so brand-typical that there was no way we could leave it out in a groundbreaking concept car.”
The large boomerang-like curved front light units are vertically oriented and slice up the front end in an unusual manner.
The curved rear lights are completely integrated into the tailgate doors and hidden beneath glass.
The FlexDoors concept features conventional front doors combined with rear-hinged back doors and two gull-wing tailgate doors that make the trunk accessible even from the car’s side.
The transparent roof stretches over the interior in a large U-shape that is open at the rear, giving a light and spacious ambience.
The roof is reinforced by a spine-like composite structure that extends all the way to the rear floor.
The main characterizing elements are the reconfigurable panorama display (size: 1.2 m x 0.1 m) and the secondary touch-screen control in the centrel console.
The lightweight seats are anchored to the car’s floor by mono tracks rather than the usual two.
This enhances foot room for the rear passengers. The seats adopt fabric/mesh upholstery and seat corners are made of especially soft material.
An unusual detail is the silicon inserts in the floor mats which prevent feet from slipping from the pedals.
The instrument lighting uses an original warm and lively red replacing the traditional amber tone.
Prototype Construction – Image gallery
|Mark Adams (left) David Leary and Richard Shaw (right)||Boris Jacob, left, and Ralf Wilfert||Above and below: Richard Shaw (left) and Boris Jacob|