Black is the new chrome. Just look at all the automakers offering murdered-out trim in place of the usual shiny stuff.
The latest is Opel, which has thoroughly embraced the “black is beautiful” approach for a variety of its models.
The C-segment hatchback is now being offered with its roof, mirrors, and 17-inch alloys – all painted black. The treatment is offered as a €300 option on the On, Dynamic, Innovation, and Ultimate trim levels
The Astra’s not the only model in the Opel lineup to take the blacked-out approach. The brand, recently acquired from General Motors by the PSA Group, is offering similar treatments on the smaller Corsa hatch and the Mokka X crossover, in addition to the aforementioned Crossland X and Grandland X, and the Adam hatchback that kicked off the trend in Rüsselsheim.
The Mokka X Colour Innovation edition features 18-inch ten-spoke alloys to match its black roof and wing mirrors for €26,375. And the Corsa Colour Edition is offered from €15,045, with 16-inch split-four-spoke alloys, roof, mirrors, and grille, all in black, along with tinted windows, aluminum pedals, and chrome exhaust tips.
With the Insignia offering a similar package, that leaves only the Ampera-e plug-in hybrid, the Cascada convertible, the Karl supermini, and a smattering of vans as having yet to take the blacked-out approach. But at this rate, we wouldn’t expect it to be long before those follow suit as well.