Opel has fully revealed its Monza concept for the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it’s a looker. We saw a teaser of the car last month, but full photos of the car have revealed a shooting break profile and dramatic gullwing doors.
The Monza is intended to debut Opel’s new styling language, and the athletic lines means we should be seeing more stylish Opels in the future. Up front, the Monza displays a low, wide stance with a simple one-bar grille design flanked by narrow headlights. A rising beltline gives the Monza a wedge shape, with one piece of glass stretching all the way from the A-pillar to the rear of the car with no B- or C-pillars whatsoever. The glass roof and long windows taper towards the rear into a swoopy, shapely hatchback with wide taillights and sculpted rear hips.
The interior of the car is typical concept car fare with its sweeping LED-projection dashboard, which Opel says brings a new focus on connectivity, a main focus for the brand going forward. All information is projected in 3-D on this single surface thanks to 18 LED projectors, and the entire system is controlled by voice commands and steering wheel controls. Opel has also developed a new concept for smartphone connectivity, called “worlds of connectivity.” ME disables many components of the smartphone and focuses on the driving experience, US opens up infotainment possibilities to passengers, and ALL enables the car to connect to the outside world by, for example, sharing a planned route online. Opel says this is a preview of future car-to-car communication systems which will lead to enhanced safety on the road and, eventually, autonomous driving.
The other main idea which the Monza previews for Opel is efficiency, which is seen mainly in the Monza’s extended range electric drivetrain. The Monza concept that will be shown at Frankfurt features an electric powertrain with a compressed natural gas range extender in the form of GM’s new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo. We wouldn't be surprised if this drivetrain essentially previews the next-generation Chevrolet Volt powertrain, which, as we have previously reported, should have a longer electric range and better gasoline fuel efficiency. However, Opel says the Monza’s modular design allows for enhanced flexibility in terms of different powertrains, as well.
With General Motors recently announcing that the Buick lineup will be further integrated with the Opel range, we can hold out hope that we may see stylish, Monza-inspired models in the U.S. sometime in the near future. Until then, check out the gallery of the Opel Monza concept below and keep an eye out for the Monza among our Frankfurt Motor Show coverage in a few weeks.