Vauxhall ADAM Revealed

(Wednesday 11 July 2012)

Vauxhall Adam.

Vauxhall has released the first official pictures of its new compact car, the ADAM, which will be formally unveiled at the Paris Show in September and go on sale in the UK early next year.

Considerably shorter than a Corsa but longer than the Fiat 500 which is one of its obvious rivals, the ADAM has what Vauxhall describes as a "floating roof" which by design trickery appears not to be attached to the rest of the car (though you'll be pleased to learn that it is).

There are three trim levels, funkily named JAM, GLAM and SLAM and representing fashion, elegance and sportiness respectively, but there are also a great many customer personalisation options.

Vauxhall Adam.For such a small car, the ADAM also has quite a lot of high-end equipment, though most of it is available only as extra-cost options such as the LED daytime running lights, heated steering wheel, start/stop system, starlight-effect headlining (well, who wouldn't want that?) and, for the first time on any Vauxhall, the Advanced Park Assist II system which locates a suitably-sized parking space and steers the car into it on request.

There's Bluetooth connectivity, of course, plus an ability to get cosy with devices using Android or Apple iOS software, allowing you to display internet-based applications such as satellite navigation on the 7" colour touchscreen.

The ADAM will be available with normal or lowered sports suspension and, at least to begin with, a choice of a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.4 producing either 86bhp or 99bhp, all of them mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Subsequently, the ADAM will become the first Vauxhall available with a new turbocharged engine, and six-speed manual transmission will also be introduced.

UK dealers will be able to take orders after the Paris Show, so expect pricing information by then.

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