Radical coupé concept previews marque's new design language and new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine
Mark Tisshaw
21 August 2013

The Vauxhall Monza will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

The Monza is said to preview future Vauxhall design language, while the model also includes a super-efficient new range-extender drivetrain and a revolutionary interior multimedia system.

“The Monza concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future,” according to Vauxhall-Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann.

The 4690mm-long coupé was penned by Vauxhall’s British chief of design, Mark Adams. Its look is the next step from Vauxhall’s current design language, introduced with the Insignia in 2008. It will refine the look of the marque’s range, adding in more flowing surfaces, more precise lines, more prominent side sills and wheel arches and more sweeping contours.

Dramatic gullwing doors give access to an airy four-seat cabin, with entry and exit aided by the absence of B-pillars. Despite its sporty silhouette and low 1310mm height, boot capacity is rated at 500 litres — and there is plenty of headroom for passengers, since the whole cabin sits around 150mm lower than in a comparably sized production model.

Power comes from a development of the Ampera’s range-extender drivetrain. Vauxhall hasn’t released any performance or economy figures yet, confirming only that the role of the generator in the drivetrain is played by its new three-cylinder 1.0-litre SIDI turbo engine, converted to run on natural gas.

The Monza is said to do without a conventional dashboard, centre console, instruments and multimedia screens. Instead, it has one continuous, sweeping display from door to door. This uses LED projection technology, which is the same as that used at events such as the Queen’s jubilee, when a special show was projected on to Buckingham Palace.

The technology uses 18 LED projectors to display all the typical functions of the interior; the driver operates this via voice control or steering wheel buttons.

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21 August 2013

I certainly hope that Vauxhall/Opel's new "design language" is a LOT better than the "Mr Blobby" language spoken today (and introduced by the Insignia) ...

21 August 2013

Then again, picking up a great name from the past just isn't appropriate for a sporting range extender electric car for the future. 

Right now Vauxhall Opel seems to be bringing out some great products, but seems forever to be shooting itself in the foot.   

21 August 2013

I'd personally prefer to bring back the Monza nameplate rather the leave it up to those that came up with Adam, Mokka and Cascada!

As for the car itself, the concept is quite a striking shape, but the design touches don't strike me as anything beyond evolutionary by the time they get watered down for a production vehicle.

This perhaps isn't a bad thing - I personally believe Vauxhall/Opel have done well with the current design language and it's aged remarkably well. The Insignia/Astra are far more attractive than their Ford and VW counterparts, despite being quite a bit older now.

As with Peugeot and Renault et al, the middle market is suffering from premium brands encroaching from one side and formerly budget brands getting in on the other, so Vauxhall/Opel need to be savvy about how they approach the next few years...

21 August 2013

Well, not like this concept,no, what we'll end up with is a joint department effort,something safe, not to out there,with a very frugal engine,cynical?,yes, how many concepts got on the Road as is ?

Peter Cavellini.

21 August 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

engine,cynical?,yes,

Did your space bar get driven out of town when the commas took over?

21 August 2013

Ray60 wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

engine,cynical?,yes,

Did your space bar get driven out of town when the commas took over?

Cruel. But FUNNY

21 August 2013

Ray60@

It's deliberate!, i like to see how many grammar Nazi's comment...,,, ,,,

Peter Cavellini.

21 August 2013

....excitable16yroldgirlwhofindstheworld'cool'and'wicked'and

stuffandOMGlookatthatAMAZIN

GcarOMGitslikewellwickedandythingsandOHLOOK

theresHarryfromOneDirectionandisnthe

sooooCOOLandiwanthisbabies....

LOL

21 August 2013

.... are all very well for creating a stir at Motor Shows but the the company then has to translate it into reality for everyday use and sales to the public. Obvious, I know, but the current range of Vauxhalls, particularly the Astra in three door form, already look pretty special when compared to their direct rivals such as the boring-looking Golf and the ho-hum Focus, to say nothing of the plain ugly 1-Series from BMW and the all-look-alike-which-one-is-that-? Audi range.

As others have said Vauxhall/Opel are stuck between premium brands downsizing and budget-brands upgrading so perhaps their USP could be stunning looks. If this Monza concept carries its good looks through to future mainstream styling then perhaps they can pull off that little trick.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

21 August 2013

Now that is a dramatic car. But they will never build it, so it is irrelevant. They won't even build anything that comes close to looking like this. At least the design chief got it off his chest.

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