Opel will use the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, in September to premiere the Opel Monza Concept, declaring it the role-model for the next generation of Opel cars. For the Monza Concept to be displayed, engineers conceived an electric drive with a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) range extender – a further development of the system seen in the Opel Ampera.
The four-seater Monza Concept is based on a modular design to allow highest-possible flexibility when selecting a propulsion system. A variety of sustainable powertrains based on increasing electrification of the automobile are conceivable, of which the electric drive with CNG is the selected option for the IAA, described as the world’s most comprehensive show of the automotive industry.
The new-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo – which also makes its premiere at the IAA – takes over the task as range extender. But it does so with natural gas instead of gasoline, further improving the car’s CO2 footprint. With its visionary approach, Opel continues to combine the potential of electric propulsion with the benefits of the internal combustion engine.
“The Monza Concept represents the Opel car of tomorrow”, says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “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.”
The Monza Concept incorporates state-of-the-art LED projection and HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) technology. Customizable Information and decorative elements are displayed on a sculpted dashboard, operated via voice control and steering wheel controls. A total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display – a first for passenger cars. The 3D graphics reflect all important functions from precise vehicle and driver information to internet and communication options as well as decorative elements.
“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,” says 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 – and not just for Opel.”