Opel Adam crossover coming late next year - report

Posted on Sunday, 13 October 2013 , 21:10:25 byEmil

Filed under OpelCrossovers/CUVsPricingConcepts

Opel Adam crossover coming late next year - report

The Adam Rocks concept made its debut during 83rd edition of the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Now there are rumors that the vehicle is on its way to go under production.

Sources that are familiar with the project`s development informed a well known European automotive news on line publication that the manufacturer intents to launch a crossover version of the Adam concept. In comparison to the Adam Rocks concept the production vehicle will have redesigned bumpers and an enhanced ride height. Also, the car comes with a plastic body cladding.

Although the car is expected to hit the dealerships somewhere in the last quarter of 2014, the crossover`s production name is still under development. By launching this vehicle, Opel expects to be a significant part of the constantly growing market for crossovers in Europe. The SUV version of the Adam Rocks concept is seen as direct competition for other cars such as Volkswagen Cross Up! and Fiat Panda 4X4. Competition on the market will be fierce, especially since out of the three autos, the Fiat Panda 4X4 is the only one featuring a four wheel drive system.

The auto is likely to have engine options similar to the Adam Rocks concept car. In this case, motor choices will include a 1.4 liter engine capable of producing 87 HP (64 kW) and a 1.2 liter engine which outputs 70 HP (51 kW). The production Adam Rocks crossover is expected to also offer the possibility of a 1.0 liter three cylinder SIDI turbo engine. This turbo engine outputs 115 HP (85 kW) and a 166 Nm (122 lb-ft) peak torque.

Ian Fletcher, HIS Automotive senior analyst informs that the crossover should help Opel increase its sales on the European market since the new vehicle will be slightly pricier than the standard auto. Fletcher stated that: `Automakers are happy to meet demand for SUV and crossovers as the customer pays a premium`.