Opel is stirring up excitement in the automotive world, even before the release of their all-electric vehicles. Their latest unveiling, the Experimental concept, showcases a range of innovative features, from a retractable steering wheel to advanced projection technology for the dashboard.
At its core, the Experimental concept embodies a futuristic vision. It’s not just another high-concept vehicle—there’s a genuine possibility that “Opel draws on its Experimental for upcoming all-electric options.”
Opel’s Innovative Design Inside and Out
Internally, the Experimental stands out with a minimalist design aimed at a “space detox.” A significant highlight is the retractable steering wheel. Unlike traditional designs that rely on cumbersome mechanical components, this wheel can fold away, courtesy of its steer-by-wire design. Ditching the classic dashboard, Opel has opted for projection technology, ensuring the driver gets vital info seamlessly. Furthermore, the seats are lightweight, adaptive, and integrated with a Pure Pad in the armrest for custom controls.
Externally, the vehicle boasts of a design that’s as avant-garde as its interior. Traditional side-view mirrors get replaced with 180-degree cameras located on the C pillars. The vehicle’s front and rear sport aero flaps that can adjust for optimized aerodynamics. To top it off, Opel’s signature Vizor now accommodates sensors, Lidar, radar, and cameras, all within a sleek, illuminated frame. Powering this design is the Stellantis’ BEV platform, probably the STLA, featuring an all-wheel drive.
Opel’s eco-conscious approach shines through in their decision to forego the regular chrome exterior. “Instead, it’ll use exterior lighting and bold graphics to draw attention.” Inside, the cabin boasts reactive electrochromic fabrics, enhancing the mood and doubling as safety indicators for blind spots.
A Glimpse into Opel’s Future
While the Experimental has generated buzz, the real anticipation lies in how and when Opel will translate this concept into market-ready models. As the German carmaker is electrifying its line-up, including favorites like Astra, Mokka, and Corsa, fans may soon witness these novel features in action.
For those eager to experience the Experimental firsthand, Opel has announced its showcase at the IAA Mobility in Munich from September 5 to 10. A blend of innovative design and cutting-edge technology, the Experimental surely sets a high bar for the EV industry’s future.
Photos courtesy of Opel.