Mike Stevens | Sep 28, 2012

Opel's retro-tastic Adam makes its world premiere at this week's Paris Motor Show, giving the brand a stylish new model beneath the Corsa light hatch.

You won't see the Adam in Australia - at least, not in the foreseeable future - but the perky little city-car likely offers a look at what to expect from future models.

Among the little hatch's retro themes are a pair of high-set headlights and a 'floating roof' design which, like the MINI Cooper, can be customised to suit your tastes.

Opel describes the Adam's unique look as a fresh and bold style for "open-minded buyers who want to defy convention".

The Adam isn't without the usual array of modern technologies though, including 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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Inside, you'll find a sizeable seven-inch display, with support for 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.



Speaking with TMR after the Adam's unveiling, 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 launched in Australia this month, with the Insignia, Astra, Astra GTC and Corsa models.

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