Vauxhalls are about to get a huge dose of sex appeal, if pictures of the company’s new Monza concept are to be believed. The Vauxhall Monza, due to go on show at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, isn’t designed for mass manufacture, but its various styling cues do give us a glimpse of what future models will look like.
“The Monza Concept represents the Opel/Vauxhall car of tomorrow,” commented Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Vauxhall CEO. “On one hand, it embodies everything that already characterises Opel/Vauxhall – precision engineering 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/Vauxhall cars: maximum connectivity and optimum efficiency.”
Whatever, KT; you had us at ‘captivating design’. Check out the giant air intakes on the bonnet, the evil, squinting eyes, the wide rear haunches and the sleek roofline. It looks like a cross between an SLS AMG, a Jaguar XF Sportback. Also, look at the damn doors! They’re as big as an aircraft hangar’s. If future Corsas look even remotely like this then learner drivers are in for a treat.
Inside, the Vauxhall Monza does away with traditional LCD displays. Instead, its sweeping dashboard works acts as a projection surface, onto which 18 LED projectors cast information such speed, navigation, and the state of various in-car systems. All of this can be customised according to the driver’s taste or mood.
The Monza’s in-car entertainment system is similarly futuristic. Three modes are available – Me, Us and All. In Me mode, the car puts the driver in a virtual state of isolation, allowing them to focus on the road. In Us mode, passengers are able to connect their devices, exchange information or stream music and images to each other. All mode connects the car to the rest of the world via the Internet allowing, for example, someone to view your route and hitch a ride with you.
Cars derived from the Monza will no doubt have the ability to run on a wide variety of engines. However for this particular concept, engineers have conceived an electric powertrain with a compressed natural gas range-extending 1.0 SIDI turbo engine – a unit that will also make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
“We have a clear vision of how Opel/Vauxhall 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,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “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.”