Vauxhall has unveiled its new Adam city car, the firm’s rival to the Mini and Fiat 500.
The new four-seat three-door vehicle will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September before going on sale in the UK in early 2013.
Vauxhall Adam: Is it all new?
The Adam is new territory for Vauxhall and boasts a completely clean-sheet design. The vehicle retains some of the British manufacturer’s signature styling cues – including the scalloped door and crease from the door handle backwards – but boasts compact city-car dimension for ease of use around town.
At less 3.7 metres long – shorter than the 3.72-metre Mini – the Adam should boast good manoeuvrability. A predicted low kerb weight means it should return decent efficiency, too.
Vauxhall Adam: What engines will it use?
The Adam will get a choice of three petrol engines, all equipped with stop-start technology and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
The entry-level engine will be a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, while two 1.4s will also be offered in either 86 or 99bhp guise. The Adam will later receive Vauxhall’s new small turbo petrol engine and six-speed gearbox.
A three-cylinder petrol or small turbodiesel engine won’t be available from launch, but could feature in the Adam range later in the car’s life.
It is also thought the car has been designed to accept larger, more powerful units, meaning a VXR performance version or a hybrid/EV variant is possible.
Vauxhall Adam: How much will it cost?
The Adam is expected to cost around £11,000 when it makes its debut in the UK early next year. By comparison, the cheapest Mini or Fiat 500 available costs £11,870 and £9,960 respectively. Unlike the Fiat however, ESP is fitted as standard across the range.
Expect full pricing and specification information closer to the car’s September launch.