Opel design chief Mark Adams has been pulling subtle cues from the automaker’s rakish Monza concept for new models ever since the car debuted at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Corsa somewhat resembles the Monza and the next-generation Astra is also expected to use similar design language. However the next-generation Insignia, which will come to the US as the new Buick Regal, will resemble the Monza the most of all.
Automotive News reports more premium styling will be present on the next-generation Insignia and Regal. Monza design cues will be so prominent, that Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann was quoted in saying “you will see the Monza when you see the next Insignia,” on the floor of the Paris Motor Show last week.
When Opel showed the world the Monza’s unique fastback-like shape, signature Opel bodylines and pronounced rear-wheel arches in Frankfurt last year, they were ushering in Adams’ more upscale design language. Adams told AN the Insignia and Regal will use Monza styling cues to add more “premium brand values,” to the look of the cars and to “add polish to the brand.”
The new Insignia will launch in Europe before the Regal launches in the United States, Opel said. The Regal is expected to be launched in the U.S. in 2017, meaning we could see the first glimpse of the Insignia sometime next year.