2013 Opel Monza Concept – A new design philosophy for the German brand
The 2013 Opel Monza Concept was revealed online just a couple of weeks before its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new German prototype was created to preview the upcoming brand design philosophy.
The brand new 2013 Opel Monza Concept comes with a light, athletic and aggressive look and it features a unique technology combined with custom connectivity and modular design.
“The Monza Concept represents the Opel car of tomorrow. On one hand, it embodies everything that already characterizes Opel – German precision combined with innovative technologies wrapped in captivating design. In addition, it addresses the themes that will be the development-focus of the next generation of Opel cars: maximum connectivity and optimum efficiency,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
The new 2013 Opel Monza Concept measures 4.69 meters (15.38 feet) in length, 1.31 meters in height and has a boot capacity of 500 liters.
But now let’s talk about the design. On the front of the concept we see a bigger grille with a chrome bar that connects the headlights. On the center of the grille is the Opel logo that continues with a massive bonnet. To give a more aggressive and sporty look, the German designers have decided to implement some big air vents on the sides.
The 2013 Opel Monza Concept’s roof line is very sophisticated. At the beginning it runs in a semicircular form just like a classic coupe but before reaching to the tailgate it goes upwards to give you a crossover impression. The wing doors provide maximum functionality and can offer a spectacular view thanks to the absence of the B pillar.
Now let’s go inside and talk about the new technologies implemented by Opel designers and engineers.
With the new 2013 Opel Monza Concept, the German car maker offers a fascinating preview of the efficiency and connectivity, two main directions that will be seen on the upcoming production models.
“Connectivity is demonstrated by a trailblazing LED projection technology for instrument and infotainment displays. Efficiency comes in many ways, with lightweight design, optimal use of interior space, and advanced power train technology. The Monza Concept is based on increasing electrification of the automobile in everyday driving, from range-extender to fuel cell. And as far as styling is concerned, we are expressing pure efficiency in a new, lean and athletic interpretation of our typical sculptural shapes. The Opel Monza Concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future”, said Opel officials.
In case you didn’t know, Opel Monza was one of the most beloved cars of its era. It was the first production model which used a digital display inside the cabin. The first and most impressive generation was build between 1978 and 1986 and had a rear wheel drive configuration. It was build in four and three door versions and was sold across the whole world with different names (Chevrolet Senator in USA and Holden Commodore in Australia)
Now, Opel wants to continue this project with an innovating LED projection technology. The driver will meet a wide, sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door. Because we are living in a customization era, this projection surface can be customized according to the driver needs.
This new technology comes with 18 LED projectors that can create a continuous multi-functional display. The connectivity will be the most important thing in this project. Opel offers three “worlds” of connectivity: ME, US and ALL.
“Drivers no longer find the conventional individual, separate monitors that display different information; instead, they face a wide, sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door, and is used as a single projection surface. Information and decorative elements are displayed on the surface, which the driver can customize according to his needs, taste or mood,” says Opel in the official statement.
When the driver will choose the ME Connectivity the car will disconnect its smart phone and will prioritizes all the information relevant for a better driving experience. When the driver will pick the US connection, the passengers will be able to connect with a group of friends and share information, music or photos.
The ALL Connectivity allows the driver and the outside world to connect. According to Opel, the driver can share its route so people can catch a ride with them. “This is a new kind of instant car-sharing”, said Opel in the press release.
An important thing about the 2013 Opel Monza Concept is the hybrid power train. According to Opel, the hybrid power train used on the Opel Ampera or Chevrolet Volt has been upgraded to a whole new level.
As a reminder, the Opel Ampera uses a 1.4 petrol engine that works as a generator for the electric motor. But now, the 2013 Opel Monza Concept will feature a 1.0 three cylinder SIDI turbo unit as a range extender. More than that, the engine was specially tweaked to run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).
“We have a clear vision of how Opel cars will be in the future, and we have a clear strategy of how we will achieve this goal. The Monza Concept gives this strategy an unmistakable identity. It embodies what our customers can expect from us within the next years; not only in terms of design, but also in terms of efficiency and connectivity between drivers and the internet community. So it already anticipates future everyday automotive life, and serves as an important source of inspiration on the road to that destination – and not just for Opel”, says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
Via | Opel