Opel Monza Concept at Frankfurt features CNG extended range electric vehicle powertrain with new 1.0L 3-cylinder engine
|Monza Concept. Click to enlarge.|
Opel intends that its Monza Concept (earlier post), unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, serve as a role-model for next-generation Opel cars, with particular emphasis on design, maximum connectivity, and optimum efficiency, including advanced powertrain flexibility.
The 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, Opel noted. For the Monza Concept displayed at the Frankfurt show, engineers conceived an electric drive with a CNG (compressed natural gas) range extender—a further development of the Ampera’s technology.
The new-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo—which also makes its premiere at the IAA (earlier post)—takes over the task as range extender, but with natural gas as the fuel instead of gasoline, thereby further improving the car’s CO2 footprint.
The Monza Concept represents the Opel car of tomorrow. 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.
Connectivity is demonstrated by a trailblazing LED projection technology for instrument and infotainment displays. Efficiency comes in many ways, with lightweight design, optimal use of interior space, and advanced powertrain technology. The Monza Concept is based on increasing electrification of the automobile in everyday driving, from range-extender to fuel cell. And as far as styling is concerned, we are expressing pure efficiency in a new, lean and athletic interpretation of our typical sculptural shapes. The Opel Monza Concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future.—Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann
HMI and connectivity. The Monza Concept does away with conventional individual, separate monitors that display different information; instead, a wide, sculpted dashboard sweeps from door to door is used as a single projection surface.
Information and decorative elements are displayed on the surface, which the driver can customize according to his or her needs, taste or mood. A total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display. This is a world premiere of this technology in an automobile.
|The Opel Monza uses a user-customizable LED projection system for instrument and infotainment displays across the dashboard, doing away with discrete monitors. Click to enlarge.|
Both the area displaying information and the background can be individually configured, and operation is via voice control and steering wheel controls.
Opel engineers focused on the best and most personal way to make relevant data available to the driver. The approach was “simplifying the multitude” and so details on the car, the navigation and the smartphone settings and connection only appear when necessary or desired. Drivers can use a wide range of information without being overwhelmed by text or images. This also makes the Monza Concept a model of future HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) systems.
With three worlds of connectivity—called ME, US and ALL—drivers can focus solely on their driving experience, get in touch with friends and family or connect to the whole internet community.
With ME, the infotainment system virtually disconnects the drivers’ smartphone and prioritizes the information relevant for the driving experience. US enables the passengers of the Monza Concept to connect with a group of selected people such as friends and family members: these can log-in to the car’s infotainment system with their own communication device and exchange information, music and images, chat and make appointments, etc. ALL goes beyond US. It allows the driver and virtually the whole outside world to connect. Drivers can for example spontaneously share their planned route online over a tablet or smartphone so that people can catch a ride with them along the way.
The Monza Concept also previews advancements in “Car-to-Car” and “Car-to-X” systems—prerequisites for future autonomous driving.