Opel/Vauxhall released the first official images and details of their new urban car, the Adam, named after the founder of the company. The car is not as pretty as we were led to believe by all those teasers – it does in fact look like a Japanese Kei car, or a bad copy of Fiat 500 – but it is a very sophisticated city runabout. Opel says it can be customized in a million different ways!
The endless personalization options will practically allow you to build your car, but there are three default trim levels to choose from inducing JAM (fashionable/colourful), GLAM (elegant/sophisticated) and SLAM (racy/sporty).
The way you can customize them is by choosing exterior colours – including two different roof colours – interior colours, equipment and materials. There is even a couple of option for the headlining, including an LED-lit starlight roof trim. The roof is also removable, or floating as Opel puts it.
These are all extra garnish. What the Adam is like as a car?
Well, Opel Adam will be offered – when it hits the showroom in January 2013 – with a choice of three efficient ecoFLEX four-cylinder petrol engines from launch: a 1.2-litre 70PS, plus two 1.4-litre engines with either 87PS or 100PS. Later on there will be more engine choices and a six-speed ‘box available as well.
The car comes measures 3.7 metres in length and 1.72 metres in width, and has 16 to 18-inch wheels, and ESP as well as Hill Start assist as standard. Electronic power steering is also included.
Being a modern urban vehicle the Adam is also full of modern features and technologies. It comes with a top of the line infotainment system featuring Bluetooth, as well as connectivity for smartphones with Android or Apple iOS software. Internet-based apps are other cool feature that will attract younger buyers to this car.
Another high-end equipments you find in the Adam is the Advanced Park Assist II system that comes with Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA). The parking assist is usually found only in the big expensive cars, and can steer the car into a parking space itself.
In terms of safety it gets front, side and head curtain airbags, as well as dual seat belt pre-tensioners for front occupants. The passenger cell is also made of high-strength steel to protect those inside in case of an accident.