After being spotted totally naked in spy photos, Opel and Vauxhall have decided to officially release information on the Adam, what Opel is calling its “first fashionable urban car.” It’s hard to disagree with its two-toned paint scheme and sculpted exterior features.
Underneath the small hood (or bonnet, if you prefer) will lay a choice of three ecoFLEX four-cylinder petrol engines. These include a 1.2-liter 70 hp (70 PS) engine, and a pair of two 1.4-liter engines tuned to either 87 hp (87 PS) or 100 hp (100PS). All engines will be available with optional Start/Stop technology and will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. There’s also an electric power steering system that includes a dedicated CITY mode which increases power assistance at lower speeds at the flick of a switch. There’s also the obligatory hill-start-assist system.
Down the road, the Adam will be the first car to implement an all-new small engine, which will feature direct injection and forced induction, along with an all-new six-speed transmission. This new engine is expected to be the fruit of the labors between GM’s deal with China’s SAIC.
The chassis itself is a super compact 145.6 inches (3.7 metres) in length and 67.7 inches (1.72 metres) in width and is made of a high-strength steel shell. Within this amount of space, engineers managed to integrate front, side and head curtain airbags as well as something call dual-seat-pre-tensioners at the front seats which are meant to offer additional knee and leg protection.
Proportionately, the Opel Adam — which will be built in Germany — features a front track of 58.4 inches (1485 mm) and a rear track of 58.1 inches (1478 mm). A wheelbase of a scant 91 inches (2311 mm) is supported by MacPherson struts fitted to the front axle while the rear axle features a torsion beam compound crank design.
To clear the air, the little Adam cannot be compared to a tin can with seats thanks to its myriad of creature comforts that will be offered. The infotainment system is designed to support Bluetooth, along with Apple and Android smartphones. In doing so, this enables access to internet-based applications, including GPS navigation (and probably internet radio) via a seven-inch touch screen display. Oh, and there’s an optional heated steering wheel — a first for the mini car segment. There’s also a child safety seating system in the rear bench seats, while featuring a 50:50 folding split.
Also a first is the Adam’s available second-generation Advanced Park Assist (APA II) system. With the push of a button, the system is engaged, and notifies drivers as they pass a parallel parking space large enough to accommodate the car. Then the system automatically steers the vehicle into the parking space, while the driver controls the brake, clutch and gear application. With this system comes the ultrasonic-based Side Blind Spot Alert system. There’s even an available set of 18-inch wheels.
As reported previously, the new Adam offers a different take on trim levels. As Opel describes it, rather than having the layered trim hierarchies, customers can choose from three different “trim moods or worlds”: JAM, the unconventional, fashionable and colorful, GLAM: an elegant, refined and sophisticated configuration, and SLAM: the sporty trim. These configurations are meant to set the stage for heightened personalization with a wide choice of exterior colors, three roof colors, different interior colors, decors and various headliners, such as a sexy “starlight” LED accented roof trim.
Attendees of the 2012 Paris Motor Show (September 29 – October 14, 2012) will be able to gauge the Opel/Vauxhall Adam’s proportions in the sheetmetal, which will be the first time it’s officially displayed. Not far after, the first batch of the Fiat 500 fighters will hit the showrooms in January 2013. Additionally, it’s not quite clear yet as to weather or not this signifies the end of the Agila or not.
So, readers, what do you think? And does it warrant a spot in the Buick family?