By John Simpson 11 July 2012
The compact, urban-focussed ADAM will emerge with a choice of three ecoFLEX start/stop four-cylinder petrol engines: a 69bhp 1.2-litre 70PS and two 1.4-litre engines with outputs of 87PS or 100PS with 86bhp and 99bhp respectively.
A five-speed manual gearbox will come as standard with an all-new six-speed gearbox expected to follow, accompanied by a new small petrol engine featuring direct injection and forced induction.
There are currently no plans for a diesel option although an all-electric version could emerge.
ADAM measures nearly 3.7 metres in length and 1.72 metres in width, with front and rear tracks of 1485 and 1478mm respectively, a wheelbase of 2311mm and 16-18-inch wheels.
Three trims will be available from launch: Jam (fashionable/colourful), Glam (elegant/sophisticated) and Slam (racy/sporty). It all seems a bit too ‘Spice Girls’ to us.
Exactly which spec will come as standard is yet to be clarified but certain ADAM models will feature a new seven-inch, full-colour touch screen infotainment system with connectivity for Android and Apple smartphones to allow access to internet-based applications including GPS navigation.
Vauxhall clearly has its eye on the younger end of the market, positioning ADAM in the same market as the MINI hatchback and Fiat’s 500 with to poaching some buyers away from the Citroen DS3.
Fuel economy, emissions and price have not been announced yet but it is expected to ring in around the £11-17k price range.
Taking design traits from the GTC and new Astra, ADAM will be open to personalisation in over a million different ways, says Vauxhall.
“No other car in this segment can be individualised as much as ADAM because we are offering virtually unlimited exterior/interior colour, fabric and kit combination choices,” commented Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel’s Vice President of Design.
“It’s very unlikely that you’ll find two identical ADAMs out there.”
Vauxhall will begin taking orders when ADAM is premiered at September’s Paris Motor Show, with deliveries starting from January 2013.