Mike Stevens | Jul 11, 2012

Opel has revealed its entry in the growing city-car segment, with this week's unveiling of the European-market Adam range.

Entering beneath the Australia-bound Corsa light hatch, the Adam will compete in Europe with the likes of the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen's new Up! city car.

While the Adam's grille and character lines connect its design with the three-door Astra hatch, Opel describes the Adam's unique face as a fresh and bold look for "open-minded buyers who want to defy convention".

There are still more than a few retro tricks to the Adam's styling however, including the high-set headlights and the 'floating roof' design, available in various colours.

"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," Opel's Mark Adams said.

"It’s very unlikely that you’ll find two identical ADAMs out there."

Among the Adam's more modern features are optional LED daytime headlights and a heated steering wheel - both firsts in the city-car segment, Opel says - and an advanced new infotainment system.

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Featuring a comparatively huge seven-inch display, the system offers support for portable media devices, including the iPhone and various Android phones.

Opel will also offer its Advanced Park Assist II system, featuring the same computer-controlled parking technology making its way to many new cars.

The Adam measures 3700mm long, slotting it in between the 3723mm MINI Cooper light hatch and the 3546mm Fiat 500.

Powertrain options include a 52kW 1.2 litre petrol engine, along with a 1.4 litre petrol engine in two states of tune: 64kW and 74kW. All three are mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

A pair of 1.6 litre diesel engines are also slated to be introduced post-launch, and an all-electric commuter version has also been rumoured.

 

Australia

Speaking with TMR today, Opel Australia's Michelle Lang confirmed that there are currently no plans to bring the Adam to local roads.

"Not in the immediate future," Ms Lang said. "For now, we're focusing on establishing the announced launch range, and it's unlikely that we'll be considering other models in the next couple of years."

Opel Australia will launch in September with the Insignia, Astra, Astra GTC and Corsa models.

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