What was at first thought to be a rakish coupe turned out actually to be gull-wing door shooting brake with the Opel-Vauxhall Monza Concept. We didn’t see that one coming. Nor did we expect the electric powertrain with a CNG range-extending generator engine via a modified 1.0L three-cylinder engine that Opel will also be showing off at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The Opel-Vauxhall Monza Concept ditches conventional instrument panel read outs and center stacks for 18 LED projectors that span across the dash to adaptable multi-functional display. Currently, Opel is waiting until the Frankfurt Motor Show press days (September 10-11) to explain more about the system. The new Monza Concept also takes connectivity to the next level.
There are three concept settings of connectivity in the Monza Concept: Me, Us and All. In “Me” mode, the infotainment system virtually disconnects the drivers’ smartphone and prioritizes the information relevant for the driving experience. To us, it sounds similar to airplane mode. It also sounds like a great way to end texting and driving.
“Us” mode enables the passengers of the Monza Concept to connect with a group of selected people such as friends and family members using the the car’s own infotainment system as a sort of hub by way of their own communication device and exchange information, music and images, chat, set up appointments, and the like. Finally, “All” mode allows the driver and virtually the whole outside world to connect. Opel says that drivers can spontaneously share their planned route online over a tablet or smartphone so that people can catch a ride with them along the way, which enables a new kind of car-sharing. We’re pretty sure some people would call that hitch-hiking.