You wait years for a funky looking city car with lots of 4×4 style, and then two turn up at once. Following right behind the reveal of Fiat’s Panda Cross is Vauxhall with the Adam Rocks.
Compared to the regular Adam, the Rocks is taller, wider and tougher in appearance. Riding 15mm higher than the Jam, Slam or Glam, the Rocks also comes with a full-length electric folding canvas roof.
The roof is operated with a quick press of a button, folding back on to the C-pillars in just five seconds. Vauxhall assure us that there is no negative impact on body stiffness or on the car’s practicality, as the boot keeps the full load space and hatchback opening of its fixed-roof twin.
Underneath the skin there’s been modifications made to the dampers, springs, rear suspension geometry and steering. The beefed up looks are matched by a choice of 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels that can be further personalised with new ‘wild’ wheel clips.
The Rocks will also debut a new Adam colour, this time called Goldbusters. Inside there’ll be two new trim designs exclusive to the Rocks, one featuring a peanut-coloured ‘surf’ decor and the other a dark brown coffee bean design.
The real news is that the Adam Rocks will be the first Vauxhall to take their new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. This direct-injection turbocharged unit develops up to 113bhp (115PS) and delivers a maximum 122lb ft (166Nm) of torque. The all-aluminium engine benefits from variable valve timing, a switchable water pump, an integrated exhaust manifold and start/stop technology to improve efficiency.
A lower power 89bhp (90PS) option will be available, with both engines being mated to an all-new six-speed manual gearbox that promises to offer a comfortable, precise and smooth gear change.
“Adam Rocks combines the toughness of a crossover with the coolness of open air driving,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s head of carline brand. “It’s the perfect Adam for active drivers wanting to stand out from the crowd.”
Prices and specifications are expected to be revealed at next month’s Geneva motor show.