So, what happens when a Kia Soul and a Chevy HHR decide to have little babies? Well, you get this really, really weird concept that showed its awkward self at the Delhi Auto Expo. We’re not saying that the Adra Concept is ugly or anything... well, okay, maybe we are, but it at least falls under the 4 meter (157-inch) length required for a tax break in India, right? No sir, it does not. The Adra is actually 4.2 meters (165 inches), so you can nix that thought.
Honestly though, from the front end, the Adra Concept actually looks fairly decent, though that high roof is not my cup of tea. Its front fascia is pretty stylish and modern, the apron is sporty, and its sweptback headlights are really sharp. Around back, however, things quickly head south, as it is way too bland and that short rear overhang combined with the high roofline just looks strange.
What the Adra offers is a high seating position, so drivers get a good view of the road, more ground clearance and a pretty roomy cabin for its relatively petite footprint.
There’s no mention of what’s going on under the hood, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see it come with the same 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine found in the Chevy Beat — called the Spark in the U.S. — with about 60 horsepower.
We’re willing to bet (read: hope) that this model stays right at home in India, if it ever reaches production.
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Chevrolet Adra Concept Interior in Detail
The interior of the Adra concept is actually a little cool, as it features a black undertone with yellow highlights on the dash, door panels and seat inserts. A nice touchscreen audio system is front and center, giving the driver and passenger easy access to all the features. Additionally, that flat-bottomed steering wheel adds a little extra sportiness to the cabin.
I am pretty sure the cabin is nowhere near production-ready, but at least this is a good place to start.
Gallery Chevrolet Adra Concept
The Chevrolet Adra concept SUV, which was developed entirely by Indian designers at the GM Technical Centre-India (GMTC-I) in Bangalore, is making its global debut at the show.
The Adra adopts traditional global Chevrolet design language while addressing local customer expectations to cater to the next generation of Indian car buyers. It offers all of the advantages of a traditional SUV – such as high ground clearance, exceptional all-around visibility, a high seating stance and generous interior space – in a compact package.
“The Adra is a major achievement for our local designers, who conceptualized and designed the model from the ground up,” said Paddock. “It represents a new possibility for the fast-growing compact SUV segment.”