By releasing the first live images of the GTC Concept’s exterior and interior, Opel/Vauxhall confirmed that this is basically how the next Astra 3-door will look like. To be unveiled at 2010 Paris Motor Show, the GTC features a stunningly dramatic design which is way ahead of its rival in this segment, providing it makes it into production like this.
The fancy design also continues inside the car where you’ll find a nice blend of ‘positive/negative’ effect across the front of the cabin, the driver’s seat is trimmed in red with black highlights, while the front passenger’s seat has black trim with red highlights. Each of the front buckets seats is bespoke to the GTC Paris and has aggressively shaped contours to complement the car’s sporting intent. The GTC logo appears on each seat-back facing, along with titanium inserts that mirror the design cue seen on the front wheel’s carbon fibre inserts.
The GTC also comes small black leather racing steering wheel has metal inserts, while on the dashboard Opel/Vauxhall’s recurring ‘wing’ and ‘blade’ motifs can be seen. Designers have also used highly advanced materials to style the cabin, such as micro-fibres and leather for the seats, a textured black material for the instrument panel and plush carpeting throughout the cabin’s flooring.
Designed by Brit, Mark Adams’ design team, the concept’s lines are radical and svelte, yet restrained enough to suggest that the car is tantalizingly close to a production offering. Mark has described the concept as, ‘bold, pure and iconic’ in its appearance, yet it will still offer ample space for five people and their luggage.