2014 Opel Adam Black Link and White Link

Cutely named the Adam , Opel’s resident compact hatch actually looks pretty sweet for such a little car. It won’t break any speed records, but for what it represents, there’s something about the Adam that speaks to the younger generation.

It’s hip. It’s fresh. And at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , it’s going to be reintroduced via a pair of special edition models called the Black Link and the White Link.

The pair of special edition Adams make up a pretty strong Opel contingent in Frankfurt in a week’s time. There aren’t a lot of extensive changes done to the car — no performance mods, as far as we can tell — but for what the Blank Link and the White Link will offer customers, these two models will have plenty of people buzzing once the covers are officially pulled and we see them front and center at Frankfurt.

Click past the jump to read more about the Opel Adam Black Link and White Link Special Editions

Exterior

Opel Adam Black Link and White Link

If you’re looking for something overly drastic as far as the Adam’s appearance is concerned, you won’t find it with either the Blank Link Adam or the White Link Adam. Instead, Opel went with a choice of two exterior colors to justify their respective names: “I’ll Be Black” or “Saturday Night Fever”.

The fancy names for the colors notwithstanding, the two special edition Adams also come with accentuated contrasts to the rest of the body, including brushed, aluminum-look colored side mirror housings, tinted rear windows, a set of 18-inch wheels with a Twister design and matching wheel clips. The standard roof spoiler that comes with the Adam also carries the same lacquered color of the body, providing some sick consistency that only adds to the overall appeal of both special edition Adam models.

Interior

Opel Adam Black Link and White Link

Just like the exterior, the interior of the Black Link and White Link special Adams isn’t too different from the standard Adam as far as configuration is concerned. But style is another thing, and both Adams have it in buckets.

For the Black Link Adam, Opel dressed it up with OCIO Black Morrocana seat cushions to match the black trim on the center console and instrument panel while also serving as the perfect complement to the Sky Cool Grey shade on the door trims, glove box, leather gear knob and handbrake handle.

Meanwhile, the White Link version also received its own fancy dress up in OCIO White Morrocana on the instrument panel and center console. The setup for the White Link’s interior looks really fresh.

Performance

Opel hasn’t announced what engine trim will be available with the Black Link and White Link Editions, but for the purposes of covering all engine options for the Adam, a choice of three engines are offered. Initially, the new Opel Adam will be offered with a choice of three efficient gasoline engines: a 70-horsepower, 1.2 liter engine; an 87-horsepower, 1.4-liter engine; and a top-grade 100-horsepower, 1.4 liter engine. All three engines come with an ecoFLEX technology pack, including fuel-saving Start/Stop technology.

IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free

Opel Adam Black Link and White Link

Arguably the biggest additions to the Black Link and White Link Special Edition Adams are the IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free system. Both will now come as standard features and on their own, will offer plenty of new features to the Adam.

The former features a 7-inch color touchscreen that also comes with the Tune-in app for global radio reception, the navigation app BringGo and Stitcher, an app for receiving internet radio podcasts from around the world. it’s also compatible with Android software-operated devices, which means that you don’t need to have an iPhone to take full advantage of the features of the system.

Unfortunately, you’re going to need an iPhone to use the other new standard feature: Siri Eyes Free.

Here’s list of available functions with voice command over Siri Eyes Free:

  • Telephone calls to saved contacts
  • Play songs in the iTunes Library and switch between different music sources such as radio and iPod
  • Listen to, write and send an iMessage or text message to a telephone number or saved contact
  • Access calendar and add appointments
  • Siri Eyes Free also provides answers to questions about sports results or the dates of national holidays, for example. To minimize distraction from road traffic and increase safety, the iPhone screen remains dark.

Pricing

Only 2,000 models of the Black Link and White Link Special Edition Adams will be made available, which means that it should fly off dealership floors as soon as they’re made available. Pricing hasn’t been announced but our expectation is for these models but we’ll likely learn that in Frankfurt.

Competition

2014 Fiat 500 Cattiva

 Fiat 500 Cattiva

One of the Opel Adam’s key competitors also doesn’t lack in its share of special edition models: the Fiat 500. Speaking of special edition 500s, Fiat actually just unveiled one recently, calling it the 500 Cattiva.

Stylistically captivating just like the Black Link Adams, the Fiat 500 Cattiva features a more aggressive styling approach that comes with exclusive blacked-out headlights, taillights and parking light bezels. There is also a unique Gloss Nero roof to add a little contrast and a set of 16-inch Hyper Nero-painted aluminum wheels with all-season performance tires.

The interior also benefits from some nice upgrades, highlighted by a Nero/Grigio (black/gray) cloth sport seats with Argento (silver) accent stitching to give it a custom look.

Conclusion

Opel Adam Black Link and White Link

We’ve already expressed our admiration for the Opel Adam as a car whose stature doesn’t do justice to the kind of appeal it has, especially to younger customers. It already looks like a cool compact hatch in standard guise, but once you add all the new features from the Black Link and White Link lines, then you turn an already attractive looking compact hatch into something that will no doubt turn a lot of heads.

LOVE IT
  • Pair of color choices add class to the Adam
  • White Link Adam’s interior looks fresh and chic
  • Should be affordable
LEAVE IT
  • Could have added more features
  • No power upgrades?
  • Fiat 500 Cattiva looks dope too

Press Release

Opel Adam Black Link and White Link

Rüsselsheim. The Opel ADAM is not only the individualization champion, it is also the best connected small car on the market. This is again demonstrated by the new ADAM Black Link and ADAM White Link special models, which come with the IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free voice control fitted as standard. Both new models make their debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt on the Opel stand D09 in Hall 8 from September 12 – 22. They follow the hugely successful ADAM study with Siri Eyes Free, presented at the Geneva Motor show in the spring. Produced in a limited edition of 2,000 units, the ADAM Black Link and White Link variants reflect typical smartphone looks in black or white, with accents in brushed aluminum. They thus embody a perfect blend of ultra-modern infotainment and connectivity technology with clear, technically-inspired design.

“The ADAM Black Link and ADAM White Link models are like a sophisticated smartphone on wheels,” says Tina Müller, Opel Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “From the late fall, we will be offering them with our clever IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free voice control fitted as standard, in combination with a very special smartphone design. In an unconventional way, the ADAM combines innovative technologies with countless personalization possibilities which are not available anywhere else to this extent. With these new models, our stylish city car once again shows that it is the best connected small car and a true individualization champion all wrapped up in one.”

ADAM drivers who have an iOS 6 – or later – compatible iPhone can comfortably and safely activate the Siri Eyes Free function via steering wheel controls and operate it with voice commands while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Entertainment and navigation over Siri Eyes Free and Opel FlexDock

To activate Siri in Eyes Free mode, drivers connect their iPhone with IntelliLink via Bluetooth and then press the voice activation button on the steering wheel. Siri Eyes Free can be called up while other apps, such as BringGo Navigation, are running in the background. Music and navigation information is automatically muted during this time. The following functions are available with voice command over Siri Eyes Free:
•Telephone calls to saved contacts
•Play songs in the iTunes Library and switch between different music sources such as radio and iPod
•Listen to, write and send an iMessage or text message to a telephone number or saved contact
•Access calendar and add appointments
•Siri Eyes Free also provides answers to questions about sports results or the dates of national holidays, for example. To minimize distraction from road traffic and increase safety, the iPhone screen remains dark.

Thanks to Siri Eyes Free, even navigation with Apple Maps is child’s play. Places, addresses and destinations can be entered verbally, without the driver having to look at the IntelliLink screen. The map is shown on the iPhone display mounted in the Opel FlexDock. With the standard FlexDock smartphone set-up in the instrument panel in the ADAM Black Link and White Link, drivers have full access to Siri Eyes Free. In this way they can even ask how close they are to their destination. Another advantage of the Opel FlexDock is that it automatically re-charges the iPhone it’s holding so the battery doesn’t deplete.

The Opel IntelliLink infotainment system features a 7-inch color touchscreen and also includes the Tune-in app for global radio reception, the navigation app BringGo and Stitcher, an app for receiving internet radio podcasts from around the world. The infotainment system is also compatible with Android software-operated devices. This makes the Opel ADAM the most user-friendly and cleverly connected small car on the market. Its unique appeal is also confirmed by real-life use: the latest multi-media test conducted by the German trade magazine Auto Bild (August 2, 2013 issue) names the ADAM with its IntelliLink system as the clear winner ahead of 13 competitors.

Ultra-modern technology in technically-inspired black-white design

Ultra-modern iPhone technology and design is mirrored in the looks of the special ADAM Black Link and White Link models. The ADAM comes in I’ll be Black or Saturday White Fever exterior colors. Accentuated contrasts to the rest of the body are provided by brushed, aluminum-look colored side mirror housings and the grille bar carrying the Opel logo in the same look, as well as the tinted rear window and 18-inch wheels in a Twister design with matching wheel clips. An eye-catcher is also the black or white lacquered standard roof spoiler, as well as the characteristically shaped headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. The standard, crisp sport chassis provides lots of driving fun with its direct response.

Inside the cabin, the seats, instruments and applications continue the exterior color scheme. In the ADAM Black Link, all occupants enjoy the comfort of OCIO Black Morrocana seat cushions. While the center console and instrument panel are also black, the door trims, glove box, leather gear knob and handbrake handle are in contrasting bright white and technically-inspired Sky Cool Grey. The counterpart to all this is the White Link version, with its own color scheme: the seats are radiant in OCIO White Morrocana, just like elements in the instrument panel and center console.

With innovative technologies, their own specific smartphone design and comprehensive standard equipment, the ADAM Black Link and ADAM White Link can both be ordered from the late fall.


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