It’s no secret Buick and Opel are forging deep ties in terms of design. And, as the ties deepen, expect to see more styling language to be shared among the two, including Opel’s new “floating” roofline.
“When you keep the same height but squeeze some size out of the car, it becomes more square-ish and can look taller and stumpier,” Opel design chief Mark Adams told AN. “That’s not good, so we needed to hide it visually.”
The C-pillar has been blacked out, and the chrome stripping extended to the car’s spoiler to create the optical illusion of a floating roof.
“With a conventional C-pillar, your eye visually travels to that C-pillar and then stops,” Adams said. “What this does is allow your eye to travel all the way through it. You’re stretching the shape, making the car look lower and more coupe-like.”
GM’s global design chief, Ed Welburn, said it’s a design cue Opel will see more of in the future and, subsequently, Buicks.