Last week, automotive publication AutoBild released renderings of the upcoming Opel (Vauxhall) Monza concept car expected to bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Today, the accuracy of the renderings were confirmed as Opel officially released the first photos of the Monza Concept.
Opel is billing the Monza concept as a vision if its own future, as well as that of the next-generation of the Opel design philosophy.
“DRIVE!2022 is a clear strategy for the future of Opel as a company and a brand,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It covers a whole range of subject areas and elements, and in terms of the future of our models, we’ve bundled all our targets together in the Opel Monza Concept. It is our vision of Opel’s future and stands for our fundamental values: German engineering and precision, combined with enthralling design and innovations suitable for everyday use. The Monza Concept carries these elements forward in a visionary fashion, expressing them with fresh inspiration and clarity. This car is a study that will have a long-term impact on the next generation of Opel models.”
Opel says that the Monza Concept demonstrates what Opel customers can expect to see in the future, with the design study focusing on two major themes that will be top priorities for the more than 6,000 engineers, technicians and designers in Rüsselsheim developing the next generation of Opel models: efficiency and connectivity.
According to Opel, the Monza Concept features outstanding efficiency through its architecture (we’re guessing Alpha) and use of materials (aluminum?), as well as in its aerodynamics and ground-breaking powertrain. On the connectivity front, the concept brings forth new possibilities that “are a quantum leap in the development of infotainment systems.”
The Monza exhibits further development of Opel’s design language, with an evolution of Opel’s overall design philosophy of “sculptural artistry and German precision”. The car’s body lines transmit a sense of “lithe athleticism rather than pure muscle power”.
The front end features a “low stance with flowing lines, the clearly defined hood and a striking headlamp treatment all combine to give the car an extra dose of assertive self-confidence.” The hood crease has a more three-dimensional appearance that looks more prominent, while the chrome grille bar with the Opel logo sweeps up with winglets at its tips. Meanwhile, the prominent blades under the head lamps build on the sporty appeal.
“With the Opel Monza Concept, we make our automotive future tangible today,” says Opel CEO Neumann. And fueling curiosity about Rüsselsheim’s newest study ahead of its world premiere, he adds: “I can’t yet go into detail about how the Monza Concept’s interior design, and especially its trend-setting technologies, will change the driving experience. However, I can guarantee that viewed from any angle, its innovative body design and perfect proportions will turn heads. But they are just a visible expression of the great substance you will find under the bodywork. Everyone should visit us at the Opel stand at the IAA to get a look at Opel’s exciting future!”