Opel Monza Concept Soars Into Frankfurt
14 September 2013 - Autoblog
Opel has a handful of debuts hitting the stage at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the most significant is the sleek Monza Concept.
Reviving the Monza name, Opel says this concept will inspire future models for the brand, but between the styling, technology and powertrain, it isn't clear which of these will make it to production. We're hoping for all of the above.
From a styling standpoint, the Monza Concept blends the look of a coupe and shooting brake. The front end of the car is defined by its LED headlights, the low grille and its long hood. In profile, Opel's signature hockey stick body crease is obvious, but this is also the cut line for the large gullwing doors, which when open make the Monza look like it is ready to take flight.
The doors also provide a wide opening through which to view the cabin's 2+2 seating configuration. The crown jewel of the interior – and perhaps the whole car – is the instrument panel. Spanning the entire dash is an LED projection display for the car's infotainment system.
Finishing off the Monza Concept is a next-gen possibility for General Motors' Voltec powertain. Like current Voltec products, the Monza Concept is an electric vehicle, but the range-extending engine in this case is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder natural gas engine.