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Opel Adam ROCKS revealed, funky compact crossover

February 19, 2014

It seems this week the automotive world is all about super-compact SUVs/crossovers. Opel-Vauxhall has just confirmed plans to unveil the production-ready Adam ROCKS at the Geneva show next month.

Opel-Vauxhall Adam ROCKS-5

Based on the cute little Opel Adam, the ROCKS version is, you guessed it, a jumped up model ready to tackle some rocks. It comes with retuned and modified chassis and suspension components, a lifted ride height by 15mm, a wider and tougher-looking body with 4×4-style trimmings and cladding, and a range of unique exterior colours. As a bonus, it also gets a cool flip-back roof.

Not only is this a booming segment at the moment, small capacity three-cylinder engines are becoming just as popular. And as little surprise Opel is introducing the interesting new 1.0-litre ECOTEC turbo three-cylinder engine in the ROCKS. It produces 85kW and 166Nm. An additional tune will join the range with 66kW. Both are connected to a fresh six-speed manual transmission.

Opel-Vauxhall Adam ROCKS-side

Inside, the Adam has always been about gen-Y and being very connected. It offers full integration of Apple iOS devices along with Siri Eyes voice control capable of sending messages on the go. There’s also an Intelilink seven-inch touch-screen multimedia platform with comprehensive compatibility, including USB and Bluetooth with audio streaming.

It’s certainly a sporty little thing, and quite an attraction one. It will go on sale in Europe during the middle of the year. It’s a pity Opel no longer operates in Australia otherwise this could have been a funky little option Down Under.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.