Opel has ditched the camouflage tape and fully revealed the Adam, its new subcompact hatchback. General Motors’ European wing will publicly debut the Opel Adam this fall at the Paris Motor Show, before putting the car on sale in January 2013.
The hatchback is based on a shortened version of the Opel Corsa platform. At 145.7 inches long and 67.7 inches wide, it’s mid-way between the sizes of the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 hatchbacks. The Adam has a much bolder design than those cars, with scalloped doors, a curving and creased hood and fascia, and a roofline that drops dramatically behind the B-pillar. Turbine-look wheels, wing-shaped running lights, and the unique inset door handles first seen on the Opel Astra GTC are all standard. The dark pillars and contrast-color roof are meant to give the roof a floating appearance. Wheel sizes range from 15 to 18 inches.