Adam Opel releases a photo of its Monza Concept study, said to showcase features for a new string of future Opel offerings.
The car will be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show, which runs Sept. 12-22. While Opel does not provide any information about the underpinnings, Germany’s AutoBild weekly reports the concept is based on the rear-wheel-drive Cadillac ATS platform.
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says the Monza “is a clear strategy for the future of Opel as a company and a brand. 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.
“This car is a study that will have a long-term impact on the next generation of Opel models.”
The auto maker says the Monza focuses on efficiency and connectivity, two major themes that are the top priorities for Opel’s 6,000 engineers as they develop the next generation of vehicles.
The car also represents a new phase in the evolution of Opel’s design philosophy that combines sculptural artistry with German precision. Instead of full-blooded muscle car appearance the exterior styling seeks to express athletic tone and readiness.
The front end, revealed in the photo, includes a sharply defined hood, sweeping chrome grille bar and a new headlamp treatment. The car appears to have a low stance and flowing lines.
Advanced materials and aerodynamics, plus a “groundbreaking powertrain” are among other features, an Opel statement notes.
The interior is said to be ultra-high tech and also sets the benchmark for future vehicles.
“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,” Neumann says in a statement. “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.”
The Monza Concept boasts a digital instrument panel that will enhance future infotainment and connectivity applications, Opel says.
The concept’s name is derived from the Opel Monza Coupe, built between 1978 and 1986.
– with Peter Homola in Vienna