Opel has released an image providing the first official glimpse of its new design language, which the brand says will be fully revealed on a fresh concept car scheduled to be unveiled later in 2018.

The Rüsselsheim-based automaker says it is in the process of “strengthening and fine-tuning” its profile now that it falls under the PSA Group banner, with the upcoming concept (set to be revealed before the year is out) teased in the image above.

The future face of Opel will be “articulated around” what the German brand has dubbed the “Opel Compass”, which it says organises design elements around two "strong axes" that intersect the brand emblem.

The centre-crease line on the bonnet represents the vertical axis, which Opel says will become “bolder and purer” in its execution. The horizontal axis is symbolised by the new wing-shaped daytime running light signature, which will be “further strengthened and developed” on all future Opel-badged vehicles.

Mark Adams, Opel’s vice president for design, said that the concept hinted at what all Opel models would look like by the mid-2020s. The first new-generation Opel created under the PSA Group umbrella is expected to be the new Corsa, which will go into production in 2019.
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