Jumat, 05 Juli 2013

Hot News: Opel & Vauxhall to Introduce Monza Coupe at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

Vauxhall's push upmarket shows no signs of letting up with this Vauxhall Monza Concept - a BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 rival - which will debut at the Frankfurt motor show 2013 in September.

It has been 16 years since the death of Vauxhall’s last big coupe, the Calibra, yet this concept will wear a name more usually associated with the company’s sister brand Opel – Monza.

Reports from our sister title Auto Bild in Germany suggest the concept will be a rear-wheel drive GT like the Monza from the 1970s and 1980s, which rules out using any GM Europe platforms. Instead, it could be based on the Cadillac ATS, which also hints at engines ranging from 2.0-litre four cylinder units up to 3.6-litre V6. Diesels would undoubtedly feature in Europe, but the concept will feature an advanced eco-friendly powertrain.

With any production car likely to be badged as a Buick in crucial Chinese and US markets, that points to a similar plug-in hybrid system to the Buick Riviera concept shown at this year’s Shanghai motor show. That car featured a W-PHEV plug-in hybrid powertrain, the W standing for wireless - the battery pack can be charged via a plug-in chord, or by parking it over an induction panel.

The Monza will also showcase the use of lightweight materials to highlight the car’s sporting credentials, while the interior will also boost Vauxhall’s hi-tech credentials, moving the game on from the likes of Apple’s Siri Eyes Free connectivity, which is already beginning to feature in the latest Vauxhalls.

The Monza also features an evolution of Vauxhall’s current design themes with a low, athletic stance, slim headlights with oversized air intakes underneath and a large grille featuring a large Vauxhall badge on a chrome bar with upturned winglets at either edge.

Although the Monza will initially be a concept, the global business case for a large coupe is strong, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a production car launched by 2016. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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