Vauxhall Adam gets an off-road makeover

February 19, 2014 | By | In News

Vauxhall’s trendy Adam supermini has received an off-road makeover in the form of the Adam Rocks.

The new model, which is due to be unveiled in full at the Geneva Motor Show next month, features revised suspension settings and a 15mm increase in ride height to allow it to negotiate “urban obstacles” according to Vauxhall.

The Adam Rocks gets Anthracite-coloured body cladding along its flanks – ostensibly to protect the metalwork from rocks and other sharp objects, but more realistically to impart a more outward-bound appearance.

Prices for the Adam Rocks will be confirmed closer to the car's showroom debut this summer

Due to the raised ride height, larger alloy wheels – available in both 17- and 18-inch sizes – are fitted, along with silver skid plates on the front and rear bumpers. A new range of paint finishes completes the new look.

However, despite this rugged makeover, the Adam Rocks will not be offered with four-wheel-drive, limiting its potential in slippery and mild off-road conditions, particularly compared with the Fiat Panda 4×4, which has proved surprisingly capable in the rough stuff.

The Adam Rocks introduces a new electrically retractable canvas roof to the range. The three-layered item can be folded onto the car’s rear pillars in just five seconds and Vauxhall claims luggage space and structural rigidity are unaffected when it is stowed away.

The Rocks also gets two unique interior finishes, one with peanut-coloured trim highlights and the other featuring dark brown materials with contrasting (or should that be clashing?) blue stitching.

Three petrol engines will be offered, including the brand’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, in 89 and 113bhp guises. Also available is a 69bhp 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre with either 86 or 99bhp.

Prices for the Adam Rocks are yet to be confirmed and will be announced close to the car’s launch this summer.

Don’t like the Adam’s off-road makeover? You can search for a used example of the regular version here.

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