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Geneva Motor Show: Vauxhall to show ADAM ROCKS crossover

The latest edition to Vauxhall’s ADAM range was previewed as a concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and now makes its production debut a year later.

ROCKS is taller, wider and tougher in appearance than its standard ADAM siblings, while also offering a full-length electric folding canvas roof.

Its new crossover body style is supported by a chassis that is raised 15mm with a wider stance and includes revisions to the dampers, springs, the rear suspension geometry, and steering.

To add to its rugged appearance, there’s also anthracite-coloured cladding with contrasting satin chrome elements and a choice of 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels. An integrated rear roof spoiler and LED daytime running lights also come as standard. Silver skid plates front and rear and a bold chrome exhaust complete the exterior design.

The electric folding canvas roof – which is available in three colours – is operated via a button located in the front area of the headliner and folds back neatly on to the C-pillars in just five seconds. Vauxhall adds that the system has no negative impact on body stiffness or on the car’s functionality: the boot keeps the full opening of a hatchback and loading volume remains untouched. The roof is also acoustically tuned for noise insulation inside the cabin, and the robust, three-layer fabric has a neoprene centre for weatherproofing and durability.

There’s a choice of two new, exclusive ROCKS interior trims, one of which comes directly from the ADAM ROCKS concept car revealed last year.

ROCKS is the first model to feature Vauxhall’s new 1.0-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo three-cylinder engine, which comes with a choice of two power outputs, 89bhp and 113bhp. Start/Stop technology is offered as standard. Both versions of the new three-cylinder powerhouse are mated to a new six-speed manual gearbox with a compact package design.

Other engines include the ADAM’s three current four-cylinder naturally aspirated units comprising a 1.2-litre engine with 69bhp and a 1.4-litre available in two power outputs, 86bhp and 99bhp.

The ADAM ROCKS also offers the Intelilink infotainment system. Priced from £275, it allows seamless integration of Android as well as Apple iOS smartphone functionalities into the car. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, a seven-inch high-definition colour touch-screen and seven speakers. Clever apps including navigation BringGo, Stitcher and TuneIn can be downloaded.

ADAM ROCKS pricing will be announced when it goes on sale in the summer. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.