Opel launched its original Monza in 1978. It was a futuristic, luxurious hatchback coupe that shared some of its design vocabulary—but no technology—with the handsome, Vega-based Chevrolet Monza of the 1970s. Now, 36 years later, GM’s German arm will use September’s Frankfurt auto show to launch a Monza concept that “will have a long-term impact on the next generation of Opel models,” according to brand CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.
So far, just two teaser images have been released showing the car’s front end, and they don’t reveal earth-shattering changes to Opel’s styling language, which has simply been refined. The center crease on the hood, a vintage Opel element long since copied by other carmakers, is even more prominent, and the grille and headlights take on the appearance of wings.
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More interesting is that the Monza concept hints at a possible production model. It would stand on the rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS, the third-generation CTS, and the next-generation Chevy Camaro. And given that Opel and Buick are sister brands, it could actually be offered on the U.S. market with a tri-shield badge. A Monza by Buick? Hell yeah—Skyhawk revival!