Following some recent teaser shots, Vauxhall / Opel has now fully revealed its Cascada convertible.
It would be wrong to consider the attractive new arrival as a drop-top version of the Astra GTC coupé, because it’s a much larger car. Indeed, at 4,697 mm (15’ 4”) from bumper to bumper, the Cascada is actually longer than D-segment models such as the BMW 3 Series Convertible, the Audi A5 Cabriolet, the Lexus IS 250c and the Volvo C70 Coupé Cabriolet.
Unsurprisingly given its size, the Cascada is being touted as a full four-seater. Eschewing the complexity and weight issues of a folding metal roof, GM’s engineers instead went for a fully insulated, electrically-operated fabric hood that can be opened at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). For extra pose value, it can also be activated remotely via the key fob.
When sales begin in March next year, buyers will have a choice of four engines, all of which are turbocharged. That initial line-up comprises a 1.4 litre petrol with either 118 bhp (88 kW / 120 PS) or 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS), a 167 bhp (125 kW / 170 PS) 1.6 litre petrol and a 162 bhp (121 kW / 165 PS) 2.0 litre diesel. If none of those appeal, more powertrain options are promised for later.
All versions are going to come as standard with the HiPerStrut front suspension set-up, which is designed to separate the steering and damping functions to prevent torque steer and enhance the driving dynamics. Also available will be the FlexRide adaptive chassis system that automatically adjusts the suspension based on road conditions and driving style.
Prices have yet to be announced, but it’ll be intriguing to see whether they - and the Cascada itself - are tempting enough to lure customers away from the premium manufacturers’ offerings.
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