Vauxhall Flextreme concept rear passenger-side view

Efficiency can look so good

The futuristic styling of the Vauxhall Flextreme introduces a new confidence to electric power. New materials and interior design directions are a real sign of things to come.

Aerodynamic Vauxhall Flextreme concept, front view

Exterior design

The Vauxhall Flextreme is more than a demonstration of our commitment to the latest green technology. It is proof that the future can be stylish as well as practical.

The Flextreme body’s key characteristics highlight the new elements of Vauxhall design language: more sculpted surfacing moulding and clear style elements such as narrow, boomerang-shaped lights and a sloping swage line in the side graphics. The Flextreme has also been designed following the motto of technological efficiency: vehicle weight and aerodynamics are optimised using advanced materials and simulation technology.

The bottom edge of the windshield has been pulled forward, so the hood with its characteristic crease is very short. The integrated power socket in the cowl panel allows the car to be charged at any mains supply.

A look at the front of the car quickly reveals that the front grille and rims are covered by a lightweight transparent trim, which is made from polycarbonate to improve aerodynamics while maintaining visual aesthetics. The same is true for the special light alloy wheels. Like the wheel design, the large boomerang-like curved front light units are visually deceptive.

From the rear the centre-opening, butterfly doors form the most immediate feature. Also the relief of the blade motif is carried around the whole curvature of the back. The unique rear lamp clusters with wing lights are virtually invisible until lit; they also wrap around to give even more sense of symmetry.

Just like all the other windows and a large part of the roof, the windshield is made of especially light polycarbonate. The Flextreme’s panoramic windshield provides a light and spacious interior ambience and stretches over most of the roof, which is reinforced by a spine-like composite structure that extends all the way to the rear floor.

Seating arrangement, Vauxhall Flextreme interior

Interior design

New approaches to space, comfort and light, characterise the interior design of the Vauxhall Flextreme.

Set directly under the windshield, the large panoramic display in the interior is especially eye-catching. The display fields are configurable. They can show a complete all-around view of the car’s surroundings, for example, instead of exterior mirrors the Flextreme has two side cameras, one front-facing and one rear-view camera. A second display on the centre-console features touch-screen operation for air conditioning, ‘infotainment’ and navigation functions as well as the drive selector gate.

A clever storage system at the front and back of the centre tunnel offer flexibility. Front and rear passengers can stow items such as mobile phones, MP3 players, iPods and PDAs in two drawers. The best part: the electrical devices are recharged in the drawers by induction and Bluetooth-capable systems can transmit their data to the onboard infotainment system.

Honeycomb structures, which are characterised by low weight and high rigidity, are used extensively in the Flextreme’s interior. This functional, geometric structure can be found in the instrument panel’s lower portion, cabin floor, cargo floor and above the centre tunnel where the lithium-ion batteries are located.