GM Europe has revealed the Adam city car, which will wear Opel and Vauxhall badges, and debut in Paris this September. The Adam is an A-segment three-door hatchback aimed at the style conscious, think Fiat 500 and MINI. But unlike those two, Opel has no heritage to play with, so they’ve chosen modern design with lots of customisation.
Your Adam can be had as a JAM (unconventional, fashionable and colorful), GLAM (a more elegant, refined and sophisticated setting) and SLAM (for energetic and sporty types). These three “mood worlds” set the stage for a “virtually unlimited potential for personalisation” with a choice of exterior colorus, three roof colours, various interior colours, decors and headliners, including an LED lit “starlight” roof trim. Adam Lambert would make a good ambassador!
“No other car in this segment can be personalized as much as the Opel Adam because we are offering virtually unlimited exterior/interior colour, fabric, decor and kit combination possibilities. It’s unlikely our customers will see another car like theirs,” says Mark Adams, Opel VP of Design.
The Adam measures almost 3.70 meters in length and 1.72 meters wide excluding mirrors (2,311 mm wheelbase), a size which is closer to the MINI than the Fiat. Seating is for four. Design highlights include a “floating” roof, badging on the sides (base of rear pillars), the blade shape in the lower door and the characteristic “shock wave” around the door handles from the Astra GTC. The latter two are Opel signatures.
The headlamps feature wing-shaped daytime running lights (DRL) typical of Opel. For the first time in the A-segment, both the headlamps and the taillights are available with energy-saving LED technology.
Inside, Opel points us to the new infotainment system that offers smartphone connectivity for Apple iOS and Android. The system makes selected smartphone content including Internet based apps such as GPS navigation available in the cabin. It collects the content and displays it on the seven-inch colour touch screen.
Noteworthy features include Advanced Park Assist (APA II). Drivers engage the system with a button on the dash and it tells them when they pass a parallel parking space large enough for Adam. APA II then automatically steers Adam into the parking space, with the driver just controlling the brake, clutch and gears.
The ultrasonic sensors are shared with Side Blind Spot Alert, which should work like Volvo’s BLIS. Another first in the A-segment is the heated steering wheel, which is very valuable in winter.
Wheel sizes range from 15 to 18-inch, and cars that are specified with 17 or 18-inch rims come standard with a Sports chassis. Adam’s Electric Power Steering (EPS) includes a CITY mode which increases power assistance at lower speeds. ESP with Hill Start Assist is standard across the range, as are two sets of ISOFIX points plus top tethers.
The Adam will initially be offered with three petrol engines (1.2L 70 hp, 1.4L 87 hp and 1.4L 100 hp) with a five-speed manual. All are available with an ecoFLEX tech pack including Start/Stop. A new small petrol engine with direct injection turbocharging and a six-speed manual will be offered later.
The Opel/Vauxhall Adam will hit European showrooms in January 2013. A cool Opel, it’s been awhile since we had such a thing!