After disclosing philosophy and details in the two previous appointments, Rüsselsheim’s style people have now made public the definitive forms of the prototype that will change the brand’s hallmark traits.
For the third time, Auto&Design was one of the few publications to be admitted to the selective preview. The Experimental GT X is a segment B crossover of decidedly dynamic forms, with a steeply sloping rear window and attractive surface movements on its sides, in line with today’s trends.
The really interesting novelty, however, is the thick fluo yellow moulding that unwinds sinuously along the side glazing, thus echoing the pattern that characterised the GT coupé of 2016: “Many people have told us they liked that sporty proposal very much”, Mark Adams, the design director, reveals enthusiastically. “But it was a niche idea, difficult to bring to market. This car, however, could prefigure a model for all. And that makes us very happy”.
Alongside the general criteria of purity, there is the calculated presence of a number of graphic themes, including a recurring yellow trapezoidal design: “It serves to make the cleaning operation more fun, otherwise there would be the risk of it becoming boring”, continues the designer. Inside, moreover, the fine Velvet suede upholstery fabric (1.2 mm thick) helps to underline the precise coupling lines between the seat and door panel components.
Advanced infotainment is controlled through a large bar control concealed in the tunnel, practical yet non-invasive. Finally, the Vizor front, already analysed on previous occasions, dominates everything: “We like the fact that the cameras for the autonomous driving system are integrated into the new grille”, concludes Adams. “It’s a bit like saying that technology is now part of Opel’s identity”.