Vauxhall Adam Rocks to be revealed
The Vauxhall Adam Rocks mini-crossover will make its debut in Geneva
Vauxhall will pull the wraps off its new mini-crossover – the Vauxhall Adam Rocks – at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The crossover is bigger than the Adam, on which it is based, and also gets a full-length folding fabric roof.
Vauxhall tells us that the Parkour free-running discipline – which sees athletes use a combination of running and acrobatics to negotiate their urban environments – inspired the Adam Rocks, which is a pretty big clue that this crossover is targeted at the younger buyer.
The Adam Rocks is taller, wider, and tougher-looking than the standard Vauxhall Adam – thanks to raised suspension and anthracite-coloured cladding that is wrapped around the car’s body. The car also gets a trapezoidal grille, while ‘boomerang’ elements frame the front foglights and indicators. The rear, meanwhile, gets a spoiler, with integrated daytime running lights, while skid plates – which protect the car’s underside of the car – fitted to the front and back. A chrome-finish exhaust completes the look.
While there’s no mention of grippy four-wheel drive, for true off-road ability, the Adam Rocks does get a choice of large – 17 or 18-inch – alloy wheels, which can be further customised with flashes of coloured. The new car will also get a range of new paint finishes – starting with vibrant-yellow ‘Goldbusters’.
The interior is set to be similarly unique, with one of the two trim options being lifted directly from the concept Adam Rocks that previewed in Geneva last year. That means the Rocks gets Peanut-coloured fabric/imitation-leather seats and door panels, as well as leather steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake in the same colour. The other trim is a Coffee Bean design, with dark-brown seats, and bright-blue stitching.
Set to be one of the car’s biggest selling points is its folding fabric roof, which fully retracts in just five seconds and is available in three colours – Black, Sweet Coffee or Light Oak.
The Adam Rocks will be the first Vauxhall to get the firm’s new super-efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine, which can be specced in two outputs – of 89bhp or 113bhp. It gives the Adam Rocks economy of up to 62mpg and emissions as low as 99g/km, for free road tax. The car will be fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Rocks will also be available with the 1.2 and 1.4-litre engines that feature in the standard Adam range.
The equipment on offer also has younger buyers firmly in its sights, which means there will be the option to spec Vauxhall’s Intelilink infotainment system. It gets a seven-inch screen, seven speakers, allows for wireless streaming of music, and is compatible with various apps for things like sat-nav. The system also works with Apple iPhone’s Siri voice recognition system, which allows the driver to dictate outgoing text messages, or have incoming messages read aloud.
Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand, said: “Adam Rocks combines the toughness of a crossover with the coolness of open-air driving. It’s the perfect Adam for active drivers wanting to stand out from the crowd.”
Prices for the new crossover are set to be revealed when the car goes on sale in the summer. In the meantime, you can read all the latest Vauxhall reviews, by navigating to the Carbuyer Vauxhall reviews page.
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