Next-generation Opel Insignia, Buick Regal will be inspired by the Monza Concept

Article by Christian A., on October 6, 2014

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Opel unveiled the Monza Concept, a vehicle that showed a new design language which will be used on future models. According to Opel’s head designer Mark Adams, the first vehicle to be inspired by the Monza Concept will be the Insignia. In fact, according to Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neuman, when we will see the new Insignia we will see the Monza.

This also means that the upcoming Buick Regal, which is a rebadged version of the Opel Insignia, will also resemble the Monza Concept when it comes to design.

Still, there are no details regarding the launch date of the future models, but several sources said that the new Buick Regal will arrive sometime in 2017. In addition, the next-generation Opel Insignia/ Buick Regal will be more premium as General Motors wants to add polish to the brand.

Opel’s Insignia received a facelift last year and this means we will have to wait for the new model, which is expected to arrive in Europe a year earlier than the Buick Regal, in 2016.

New Opel Monza Concept allowed Mark Adams' design team to reinterpret the sculptural design that made its production debut with the Opel Insignia. The evolved version of the design philosophy known as "Sculptural artistry meets German precision" still features key attributes like high-precision design, distinctive lines, and sweeping contours. However, a new, sporty charm conveys the concept’s overall efficiency.

Adams remarked that the new Monza Concept marks the next bold step along Opel’s journey into the future while demonstrating that the carmaker managed to create a consistent design that people could trust.

Having a length of 4.69 meters, the new Monza Concept comes with sculptural surfaces inspired by ocean waves splashing on the shore. Lending the concept with a sense of lightness, these flowing surfaces are highlighted by side-sills tapering off in front of the rear wheel arches, which in turn are inspired by the lean physique and slim waist of a greyhound dog. Designed to allow easy ingress and egress into the front and rear cabin, the body sides of the concept also emphasize its sporty rear wheel arches that are as wide as their front counterparts.

Opel designers gave the new Monza Concept a sophisticated roof line that runs in a semicircular form – just like on a classic coupe – and sweeps slightly upwards before reaching the tailgate.

Despite its sporty appearance and a 1.31-meter tall flat silhouette, the Monza Concept doesn’t sacrifice passenger headroom and still features 500 liters of cargo volume in the luggage compartment. This was made possible by making the entire cockpit structure lower by around 15 cm than in conventional models.

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