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Opel bridging niche markets with Adam Rocks

11.11.2015

THE Opel Adam has been somewhat of an unexpected hit for the brand, locally, selling around 1 200 units since its introduction around a year ago. Now, Opel has decided to introduce another Adam model, the Rocks, which is a cabriolet/crossover version of the city car, a niche within a niche - if you will.

So where does it fit?

For now, the Rocks model is a limited edition model to gauge interest within the segment. Think of it as playing in the same segment as the Fiat 500C while also competing with the likes of the new Mini One and the Volkswagen Cross Polo.

Exterior

The new model comes with a retractable canvas roof, increased ride height (+15mm), black cladding around the wheel arches and front and rear skid plates. There are also very interesting-looking 18-inch alloy wheels. The makeover makes the Rocks look more masculine than the standard car, while still allowing it to appeal to a new audience.

Interior

The changes inside are less dramatic; expect the same seven-inch infotainment system with smartphone integration and Bluetooth/USB compatibility. The interior is also very customisable with various trim and personalisation options. The Rocks model gets an Infinity sound system too, which is a nice addition to the model.

What’s it like to drive?

The Rocks is a bit softer than the standard Adam model, a bit more pliant and enjoyable to drive. The car is still more at home in the city with features such as Blindspot assist and city steering however, cruise control and a fairly long sixth gear, make open road journeys possible, too. The fabric canvas roof adds another dimension to the car and despite the current heat wave it is a great summer feature.

Powertrain

The 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor with 85kW/170Nm mated to the six-speed manual gearbox remains and is still a segment leader, in my opinion. I managed around 7.2 litres/100km at launch versus the 5.0 litres/100km claim.

Adam S on the way

Opel also announced that there will be the introduction of the sporty version of the Adam model coming to local shores early in 2016. It is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged motor with 110kW on tap for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.5 seconds.

Verdict

The Adam Rocks, like its smaller sibling, is a great product; it combines the appeal of a city car with the open-top cruising ability of a cabriolet and the more rugged looks that buyers in the crossover segment want.

Warranty and service

The Adam Rocks comes with a five-year/120 000km warranty as well as a three-year/60 000km service plan.

Pricing

R 273 400

 

Article written by Sean Nurse
11.11.2015
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