Vauxhall/Opel has previewed its Monza Concept ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut slated in September 2013. The teaser comes in two images featuring the concept and Karl-Thomas Neumann, chairman of General Motors Europe. The Monza Concept provides a glimpse of what to expect from the possible rival to BMW 4 Series and Audi A5.
It also provides a glimpse into Vauxhall's new styling direction. The concept is based on two major themes -- efficiency and connectivity. On these two major themes will revolve the mindset of the carmaker's engineers, technicians and designers when developing the next generation of Vauxhall models.
Monza Concept boast of exceptional efficiency achieved through its architecture as well as use of materials, boosted by aerodynamics and innovative powertrain solution.
The concept also offers connectivity features that boast of the latest in infotainment systems. The Monza Concept reflects Vauxhall's styling evolution wherein ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision.’
Monza Concept exudes a new theme that portrays athleticism rather than muscle power. This emphasis could be easily seen in the concept's frontal styling. The Monza Concept features a low stance with flowing lines as well as a clearly defined bonnet and striking headlamp treatment.
The concept also bears enhanced Vauxhall themes, like the typical crease on the bonnet that now appears more three-dimensional and prominent. The car's chrome grille bar bearing the brand logo now sweeps up with winglets at its tips. Adding to the car's overall appeal are two characteristic blades under the headlamps.
Monza Concept features an overall athletic look that conveys efficiency and excitement and as well as driving fun. The name "Monza" reminds that of an Opel model that was first sold in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. Vauxhall has its version of the Monza -- Royale -- that was produced from 1978 to 1982. Similarities between the Concept and original Monza/Royale could be seen in some styling features like the large glazed surfaces and low belt line.
In developing the next generation of Opel vehicles, the carmaker has set its priorities on efficiency and connectivity – attributes that are previewed in advance by the new Monza Concept. The cockpit of the new Opel Monza Concept offers a new yet distinct set of instruments and infotainment. This was in tribute to the original Monza, which 35 years ago was already ahead of time by having a digital display in the cockpit.
Now, the Monza Concept furthers innovation, especially in terms of LED projection technology. Gone are conventional separate monitors displaying different information. The concept itself is home to a wide, sculpted dashboard sweeping from door to door, serving as a single projection surface. This surface displays information and a number of decorative elements, which of course could be personalized according to driver’s taste and preferences.
This continuous, adaptable multi-functional display employs 18 LED projectors – the first time that such a technology is used in a vehicle. This technology is now being used in several major events like Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee. Now, such technology has found its way in a passenger car, thanks to Opel.
Interestingly, the LED multi-functional display offers spectacular 3D graphics. It displays vital functions like vehicle and driver information as well as internet and communication options. Users could easily configure the area displaying information and the background. Amazingly, the functions could be operated through voice control or through the steering wheel controls.