Adam is the apple of Opel’s eye

Opel Adam Rocks
Rocking up to next month’s Geneva Motor Show is Opel’s funky urban mini-crossover the Adam Rocks.

Rocking up to next month’s Geneva Motor Show is Opel’s funky urban mini-crossover the Adam Rocks.

The latest edition to Opel’s city chic Adam range was previewed as a concept at the 2013 ’Show and after receiving a rapturous reception the production model is poised to make its debut.

Compared with other members of the Adam family, Rocks is taller, wider and tougher in appearance, while also offering a full-length electric folding canvas roof. Rocks new crossover body style is supported by a chassis that is raised 15mm with a wider stance.

Parts of the chassis system have been modified or re-tuned – including dampers, springs, the rear suspension geometry, and steering. The higher, wider looks are matched by a choice of 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels.

These can be further personalised with new wheel clips in “Wild” design and different colours that are unique to Rocks.

Protective, anthracite-coloured cladding is wrapped tightly around the Adam Rocks, giving it a tough, muscular look. The front trapezoidal grille, with a chrome central brand bar, is embedded in the cladding, while contrasting, satin chrome ‘boomerang’ elements frame the front fog lamps/indicator housings and the reversing/fog lamps at the rear.

An integrated rear roof spoiler and LED daytime running lights also come as standard. Silver skid plates front and rear and a bold chrome exhaust complete the exterior design.

New exterior paint colours will be introduced, starting with the vibrant yellow Goldbusters.

Rocks combines its rugged individuality with open air fun. The electric folding canvas roof is operated via a button located in the front area of the headliner and folds back neatly on to the C-pillars in just five seconds.

Creating a wide opening into the sky, this stylish system has no negative impact on body stiffness or on the car’s functionality: the boot keeps the full opening of a hatchback and loading volume remains untouched.

The entire roof module is acoustically tuned for noise insulation inside the cabin, and the robust, three-layer fabric has a neoprene centre for weatherproofing and durability. The folding canvas roof is available in a choice of three exterior colours, black, sweet coffee or light oak.

Two new, exclusive Rocks interior trims have been designed. They include a main instrument cluster, seat and door panel colours and other trim elements – all unique to Opel’s urban chic newcomer.

One trim is taken directly from the Adam Rocks concept car. It has elegant-sporty Peanut-coloured fabric/Morrocana seats and door panels, leather steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake in the same colour, and a “Surf” décor trim.

Rocks is the first model to feature Opel’s all-new 1.0-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo three-cylinder engine. This high-tech pocket rocket raises the bar for three-cylinder engine refinement and packs up to 115PS, with impressive low-end torque of 166 Nm.

Contributing to the overall efficiency of the all-aluminium engine with a single scroll turbocharger include direct injection, variable valve timing, a switchable water pump and an integrated exhaust manifold. Fuel-saving Start/Stop technology is an integral part of the system and is offered as standard.

The new 1.0 ECOTEC comes with a choice of two power outputs, 90PS and 115PS. Both versions are mated to an all-new 6-speed manual gearbox with a compact package design.

Adam Rocks pricing will be announced when it goes on sale in the summer. Production is due to start in Eisenach, Germany in August.