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Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air on sale now

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The latest model from Vauxhall, the Adam Rocks Air, has gone on sale this week, priced from £14,695-£16,695.

The new car, which is based on the Luton brand’s Adam city car and was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, is essentially a mildly rugged version of the compact hatchback, featuring grey body cladding running along its flanks, front and rear bumpers and extended wheel arches, for a go-anywhere aesthetic. Silver skid plates, a new exhaust pipe design and a range of new paint finishes complete the makeover.

Sitting on 17-inch alloys (18s are available as an option), the Rocks Air rides some 15mm higher than the standard Adam, though as it is available in front-wheel-drive configuration only, and has no discernable off-road technology, don’t expect it to keep going off the beaten track – or up particularly challenging kerbs for that matter.

Of greater potential interest to buyers is the option of a full-length retractable canvas roof – a first for the Adam range. The three-layer item is constructed from neoprene and can be fully folded in just seven seconds, with no impact on structural stiffness or luggage capacity, according to Vauxhall.

Buyers will be able to choose from three engines: a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.4 developing 86bhp and a brand new 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, capable of returning 55.4mpg despite developing a credible 113bhp. All are mated to five-speed manual gearboxes, besides the new 1.0-litre motor, which gets a six-speed unit.

The Rocks Air gets two unique interior trims, one with dark brown upholstery with contrasting blue stitching, the other a peanut coloured affair, lifted from the Rocks concept car of 2013.

The first customer models of the Adam Rocks Air are expected for delivery towards the end of September.

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