Wednesday, July 11, 2012
New Vauxhall Adam unwrapped
This is the Vauxhall Adam, a new city car that will offer an alternative to the Fiat 500 and Mini hatchback when it goes on sale in January.
The Adam is a three-door four-seater that's nearly 3.7 meters long and 1.72 meters wide; that makes it larger than the 500, but shorter and wider than the Mini.
Designed under the direction of Briton, Mark Adams, the new car incorporates many of the recent Vauxhall styling cues, including a crisp line around the door handle (Astra GTC) and the ‘blade’ shape in the lower doors, first seen on the Insignia.
The car’s most radical styling feature is its ‘floating’ roof, which offers contrasts in either the panel colour or the pillars, or both. Vauxhall says personalization will be a key part of the Adam, and that more than a million different combinations of colors, trims and wheels will be available. It will launch with three trims: Jam (fashionable and colorful), Glam (elegant and sophisticated) and Slam (racy and sporty).
The car’s chassis set-up is pretty conventional, with MacPherson struts at the front and a twist beam axle at the rear. The Adam will be offered with 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels, although the lowered ‘sports chassis’ is available with only the two larger sizes. Like the 500, the Adam will come with a selectable ‘City mode’, which increases the amount of power-steering assistance at lower speeds.
The engines at launch will be familiar Vauxhall four-cylinder petrol motors: a 1.2-litre with 69bhp and two 1.4s producing 86bhp and 99bhp. All will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission. Later in 2013, the car will get Vauxhall’s new three-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor, and a six-speed gearbox. There are no plans at present for a diesel version.
The cabin features a bold, body-colored fascia and a prominent seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system that offers internet connectivity, compatibility with Android and Apple smartphones, and satellite-navigation. Safety technology includes front, side and head curtain airbags, seat belt per-tensioners for the front passengers, and two sets of Isofix child-seat fixing points in the rear seat, which also folds with a 50:50 split.
Vauxhall claims the car’s options list will feature items rarely seen on city cars. These include a heated steering wheel, Advanced Park Assist (which tells the driver when it finds a parking space big enough for the car, then steers into it), and an LED-equipped roof lining, which looks like twinkling stars above the car’s occupants.
The Adam will be offered with Vauxhall’s ‘Lifetime Warranty’, which covers first owners for the lifetime or the car, or up to 100,000 miles. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect the Adam to slot in between the 500 and Mini, which should give it a range of between £11,000 and around £17,000. However, as with its two main rivals, personalization and options could add plenty to the final bill.