Opel Adam Rocks Geneva

German-American automaker hits the Geneva Motor Show with a concept soft-road version of its new hatchback.

Opel hasarrived at the Geneva Motor Show with an urban mini-crossover study dubbed theAdam Rocks, and with it the potential of a new market segment. Inspired byParkour urban athletes, it sits higher and wider on its wheels with a tougherand more compact body compared to the stock Adam. It's also taller and wider, and sports a fabric retractable roof that peels back like the roofs on its rivals: the Fiat 500C and Citroen DS3 Cabrio. But what makes it stand out is its ruggedized lower body.

Protective cladding on the side sills mimic parkour athletes’ elbow and knee pads, complemented by a more prominent grille, LED headlamps, a sporty central exhaust, boomerang-shaped turn indicators enclosing the fog lamps that shimmer in opaque glass when switched off, and 18-inch alloys housing Brembo brakes. Light brown Nappa leather with contrasting blue piping adorns the cabin, which if left exposed to the elements can be saved by a special weather app that senses when rain is imminent and automatically closes the "networked" roof panel. Nice trick, but will Opel build it?

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