Vauxhall Adam Revealed: Is this Buick’s New Fiat 500 Rival?

Vauxhall Adam Revealed: Is this Buick’s New Fiat 500 Rival?

Ahead of its official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Vauxhall has released images of its new urban compact ADAM, sparking speculation that it could be heading to America as a Buick model.

Earlier this year, rumors began when the Opel ‘Allegra’ Junior was spied that the subcompact could become an American model in the form of a Buick. Now with the Vauxhall ADAM being unveiled, it wouldn’t be a far stretch to see it in America as a Fiat 500 rival for the American automaker.

The ADAM is a three-door, four-seater that will head to UK showrooms early next year, featuring a ‘floating’ roof that is visually disconnected from the body thanks to its two-tone color scheme. Signature Vauxhall design elements are seen throughout the model, from its GTC-like door handle to its Astra-inspired wing-shaped chrome grille bar.

Much like all other urban models out on the market today, the ADAM is targeting younger consumers interested in customizing their ride. The ADAM will come in three trim options at launch: JAM, GLAM, and SLAM. The result is a virtually unlimited number of visual combinations combined with a wide variety of exterior color choices.

Under the hood is a 1.2-liter with 69-hp, the same powerplant found in our Chevrolet Spark. A pair of 1.4-liters are also available, one with 86-hp and another with 99-hp. All engines are available with Start/Stop technology and are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.