Just about everyone is turning their attention these days onto SUVs and crossovers, and we’re glad to see Opel finally making a pass in the segment as well – with the latest release of a ruggedized model.
The Opel line-up is pretty much barren of SUVs, but they hopefully make that up with more crossovers – we now also have the Rocks version of their entry-level mode, the Karl. According to the automaker this is “a small car that has the stylish looks and upmarket features of a much bigger and often much pricier vehicle, a mini car that can handle the daily challenges of the urban jungle while simultaneously dazzling onlookers with its trendy SUV look and feel.” Introduced in front of the worldwide audience during the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the Karl Rocks complements the lineup next to the Adam Rocks “urban mini-crossover” – and uses the exact same ingredients in combination with a five-door body.
There’s a higher ground clearance – up by 0.7 inches (18 millimeters) – and design tweaks such as the silver roof rails, new front and rear bumpers with plastic cladding, new silver decorative and protective side sills, and a set of 15-inch bi-color alloy wheels. The catchy exterior is matched inside with Favo fabric upholstery for the seats – exclusive to the Rocks – the optional Radio R 4.0 IntelliLink system, complete with CarPlay and Android Auto, while also retaining all the safety and comfort features of the regular Karl. The automaker hasn’t revealed the powertrain, but we can almost bet it’s exactly the same as in the standard version.