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Brad Leach | Sep, 13 2016 | 1 Comment

This is the Karl Rocks – a toughened version of Opel’s compact hatchback, closely related to the Holden Spark and which will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show.

Due for launch in Europe later this year, the Opel Karl Rocks – front-wheel-drive only, it’s claimed to be a ‘urban mini-crossover' - follows the trend of the Opel Adam Rocks in adopting a raised ride height (in this case 18mm) and plastic protection mouldings around the wheelarches, bumpers and side sills.

Underneath are skid plates for a hint of dirt road credibility.

As well, there are silver roof rails and two-tone 15-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Opel Karl Rocks scores a unique honeycomb pattern cloth trim called ‘Favo’. It’s practical too with a 60:40 split-fold rear seat and up to 1,013-litres of cargo space.

On the infotainment front, the Karl Rocks has the option of Opel’s Radio 4.0 IntelliLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

No word on the powertrain, but most are expecting no change from the current naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine.

A UK market version based on the Vauxhall Viva is not yet confirmed. Aussie buyers looking to add a little off-road attitude to their city runabouts will also be disappointed to hear that the Holden Spark won't be inline for the same Rocks-style treatment.

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