Vauxhall has confirmed its new city car will be called the Adam and will debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September.
The Adam is Vauxhall’s three-door rival to the Mini hatchback and Fiat 500. The latest small Vauxhall will sit alongside the Agila and Corsa in the range, but the company will offer a number of customisation options – similar to Mini and Fiat – in the hope of attracting style-conscious buyers.
A new range of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will power the Adam. The car’s engine line-up will have a strong focus on efficiency, but it is also thought that the Adam has been designed to accept larger, more powerful units.
This leaves Vauxhall’s options open for a sporty version of the car – likely to use the firm’s VXR performance tag – as well as a hybrid or an all-electric variant, which is expected to arrive by 2015.
New chassis for Adam
The three-door, four-seat vehicle will be based on a shortened form of the forthcoming Corsa supermini platform, a version of which underpins the current Chevrolet Aveo. At 3.7 metres in length, the Adam is similar in size to the 3.72-metre Mini hatchback.
The car makes its international debut at the Paris Motor Show in September this year. Expect customer deliveries to start in early 2013 with prices beginning at around £10,000 to rival the Mini and Fiat.