Funky Opel Adam priced


After months of teasing since its availability in South Africa was confirmed, General Motors South Africa has finally announced the range, spec and pricing details of its new Opel Adam boutique hatch.

Set to arrive in showrooms at the end of January, the Adam, named after the company’s founder, will rival the Audi A1, Citroen DS3, Fiat 500 and the Mini, and is touted as a “powerful, image-focused, non-retro design” by the German make.

Comprising of three models and two engine options, the base model, simply known as Adam, comes in at R189 900, making it R17 000 more than the base Fiat 500 1.2 Pop, but R33 000 less than the Citroen DS3 VTi 68 Design.

Power is provided by the same 1.4-litre Ecotec petrol engine that does duty in the Corsa, which produces 74 kW and 130 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual transmission sends drive to the front-wheels with Opel claiming a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.3 L / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 125g / km.

In line with its target market, standard spec includes a five-speaker sound system with USB and aux input, daytime running lights, city mode steering, steering wheel mounted audio controls, cruise control, hill start assist, six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP and BAS, tyre pressure sensors, one touch up/down electric windows and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Slotting in above the base model, the Adam Jam foregoes the 1.4 L engine in favour of a brand new 1.0-litre three cylinder EcoFLEX turbo that makes 85 kW and 170 N.m and is connected to a six-speed manual box. Fitted as standard with stop/start technology, fuel consumption is a claimed 5.1 L / 100 km with emissions below the 120g/km tax threshold at 119g.

Building on the standard Adam’s spec, the sports-orientated Jam includes LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with pre-loaded apps for TuneIn, Stitcher and BringGo navigation, seven speaker audio with aux and USB, front and rear parking sensors, as well as the option of 17-or 18-inch alloy wheels and a Black or White roof depending on the exterior colour selected.

In addition, Jam buyers also have the option to choose from four personalised styling packages; Twisted, OPC-Line, Twister OPC-Line and XTreame, which mainly includes different wheel designs, colours and other cosmetic enhancements, interior colouring matching the exterior, and different treatments to the front logo bar, side and interior mirrors as well as alloy wheel surrounds.

Sitting at the top of the range, the Adam Glam, as its name would suggest, is more about aesthetics and includes auto headlights / wipers, Panoramic sunroof with 64 LED lights in the headliner, 17-inch Roulette alloy wheels, automatic climate control and a model’s specific Bristol Purple Morrocana exterior hue with a purple leather interior as an option.

Coming in at R232 900, R64 400 cheaper than the base Mini Cooper and a whopping R68 600 less than the range topping (non-performance oriented) Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S-Line, the Adam Glam uses the same drivetrain and engine setup as the Jam and although without the latter’s range of personaltion packages, still has the option of different colours and treatments to the logo bar and mirrors.


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