Opel unveils a futuristic electric crossover coupe concept at the Munich Motor Show

Opel unveils a futuristic electric crossover coupe concept at the Munich Motor Show

The concept was considered a showcase of the design and technological features that will be incorporated into future Opel and Vauxhall vehicles

September 4, 2023 at 06:50

We’ve updated this story with live photos straight from the Munich Motor Show (September 4).

Opel unveiled the concept at the Munich Motor Show today, revealing a refined design language and a host of innovative features that will influence upcoming production models. This all-electric concept embraces the aerodynamic coupé-crossover aesthetic, with the illuminated Opel Compass serving as a central design element. Built on the STLA platform, it features a stylish interior characterized by minimalist design and futuristic technological innovations.

The highlight of the bold, pure, sophisticated design language is the Opel Compass, created by slim horizontal DRLs and two vertical LED strips, all of which reference the recently updated Opel Blitz (or Vauxhall Griffin) logo, which is also illuminated. The same treatment is applied to the rear end, although the logo is replaced with Opel/Vauxhall lettering.

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The Opel Vizor has evolved too, with a thinner, now illuminated, transparent black panel on the face of the concept that houses the sensors, lidar, radar and cameras for ADAS. Opel’s designers focused heavily on aerodynamics, adding aero flaps at both ends, three-zone Ronal wheels, and a pronounced diffuser alongside the usual tricks of a sloping roofline, mirror-replacement cameras, and absence of door handles.

Despite being a crossover and having a lot of ground clearance, the concept looks more sporty than adventurous. The massive three-spoke design wheels and futuristic one-piece tires help define the proportions, making the car appear slimmer and sportier. Chrome is absent from the exterior, replaced by contrasting graphics and illuminated features. The roof is covered with solar panels while the side windows are body colour, something that could be achieved thanks to future technology.

While we don’t have the exact dimensions, Opel says the concept has a compact vehicle footprint (Segment C), which is the role the Astra currently plays in the automaker’s range. However, the useful packaging of the electric powertrain allows for interior space equivalent to the mid-size model (D-Segment), which was the discontinued Insignia.

The futuristic interior gets rid of the screens, replacing them with holograms and a head-up display that covers the entire width of the windshield. The driver can access the “Pure Experience” infotainment system through configurable controls on the center console and AI-powered voice commands.

The steering wheel can be folded when the car enters autonomous driving mode, while adaptive seats with 3D mesh fabric are said to provide “ultra comfort”. Speaking of upholstery, another interesting feature is electrochemical fabrics. In simple words, the material is embedded with LED lights that can change color on demand. In addition, the lighting makes the fabrics “reactive”, warning the driver when another vehicle enters the blind spot.

The automaker did not reveal the detailed specifications of the experimental vehicle, but said it is based on the “modern Stellantis BEV platform” and comes equipped with “electric four-wheel drive.” Reading between the lines, this is the first Opel-branded car based on the new STLA architecture that will be used in a range of production models in the next few years starting with the new Peugeot 3008. The platform will be compatible with single and dual electric motor models, while the batteries will provide an electric range of up to 700 kilometers (435 miles).

“The Opel Experience gives an overview of upcoming models and technologies, of future design, and even of a new era and the future of the brand,” said Florian Huettl, CEO of Opel. The first production model to adopt similar but toned-down features from the concept is expected to be the electric-only successor to the Opel Grandland, coming sometime in 2024.

Check out our full coverage of the 2023 Munich Motor Show here.

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