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PROS

  • Affordable crossover looks
  • Slightly improved outward visibility over Viva hatch
  • No significant penalty in running costs

CONS

  • No added capability for off-road use

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Vauxhall has announced a Rocks version of it's Viva five-door hatchback, boasting greater ride height, rugged new styling additions and a revised interior.

Like its Adam Rocks sister car, the Viva Rocks will be offered as a standalone separate model to the regular Viva, with UK showrooms taking delivery in the summer of 2017.

Faux off-road package

Keen to tap into the trend for all things crossover, Vauxhall has upped the ride height of the Viva Rocks by a moderate 18mm. This, it claims, will give the new model greater responses over uneven surfaces while also affording the driver improved visibility. 

Tougher-looking dark-coloured bumpers and side skirts are standard with the Viva Rocks in an attempt to toughen-up its supermini image, while silver roof rails and a new set of 15-inch bi-colour alloy wheels round off the exterior changes.

1.0-litre engine set to remain

Vauxhall hasn’t released any info on potential engine and gearbox variants for the Viva Rocks yet, though expect them to mirror what’s available on the regular Viva. Namely, a 75hp 1.0-litre petrol engine with either a five-speed manual or five-speed Easytronic automatic gearbox.

With this in mind, efficiency ratings should be similar to those seen on the Viva, with more accurate figures dependent on which trim level the Viva Rocks will be based around.

New interior with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available

The Viva Rocks will benefit from a revised interior and a range of multimedia connectivity options. Based around the optional IntelliLink infotainment system, the Viva Rocks will be available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, plus Vauxhall’s OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant.

The latter provides features such as automatic crash response (the vehicle will send your location to an emergency operator if it detects a crash), stolen vehicle assistance and on-board Wi-Fi.

There’s no word on pricing yet, though expect the Viva Rocks to command a small premium over the regular Viva. 

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