Vauxhall’s Experimental Concept is a sneak peek at the brand’s electric future, set to go all-EV by 2028. This concept car, unveiled at the Munich motor show, is a bold statement, free from the constraints of affordability and production. It’s a showcase of aerodynamic design and spacious interiors, though the production models will likely be toned down.
The ‘Vizor’ front design, already on models like the Mokka and Astra, integrates advanced tech like lidar and cameras, expected to be standard by the late 2020s. Chrome is ditched for illuminated lines accentuating its design, and the car boasts active aerodynamics with retractable diffusers and wheels designed to minimize drag.
Inside, it’s all about futuristic comfort and tech. Seats are lightweight, using supportive 3D-mesh fabric. The steering wheel can fold away, thanks to steer-by-wire tech, and augmented projections replace traditional displays, all voice-controlled and AI-supported. Electrochromic fabrics inside change color for ambiance and safety alerts.
Performance details are scarce, but it’s based on a Stellantis platform with all-wheel drive (AWD). The design elements, like the LED-highlighted central crease and the new ‘Compass’ design at the front and rear, will trickle into production models, starting with the Grandland successor in 2025 and the Manta coupé-SUV.
The concept’s wheels are a nod to the ’90s with a modern twist, featuring aerodynamic flaps. Sustainability is key, with Goodyear providing single-piece recycled rubber tires, and there’s even a solar roof to passively charge the batteries.
Vauxhall‘s design VP, Mark Adams, emphasizes the concept’s proportions and the move away from chrome for sustainability. While this concept won’t become a specific model, its design language will permeate the entire future Vauxhall lineup. The brand is taking steps towards sustainability, with innovations like brake dust filters and the potential for self-driving features.
Vauxhall’s Experimental Concept is a bold step into the brand’s electric future, blending cutting-edge design with sustainable technology. It’s a glimpse into a future where cars are not only modes of transport but also expressions of innovation and environmental responsibility.