Vauxhall Cascada convertible teaser

Vauxhall Cascada teaser
5 Sep, 2012 9:00am Tom Phillips

Vauxhall Cascada convertible name confirmed, debuts in mid-October

The Vauxhall Cascada is the firm’s latest flagship convertible. And with the new badge comes a new approach for the model that essentially replaces the Astra TwinTop.

The folding metal hard-top has been ditched in favour of a fabric roof, allowing fewer styling compromises and less of a weight penalty.

The fresh name helps distance the model from the Astra range as well, even though the car revealed in these teaser shots has a similar design to the Astra GTC.

Vauxhall told us there’s a fresh platform, but would not reveal if this is all-new or simply developed from the Astra’s. It did say the Cascada is longer than the hatch, measuring 4.7 metres – even bigger than an Audi A5 Cabriolet.

So as not to steal the limelight from the Adam city car, Vauxhall will not exhibit the Cascada at the Paris Motor Show. Full details will be revealed in mid-October before the car’s UK debut next spring.

What we do know is that the Cascada is a four-seater conceived with luxury in mind. It’s set to benefit from Vauxhall’s recent handling advances, like the HiPer Strut front suspension used in the VXR.

The Astra’s latest engine line-up will be boosted by the addition of new stop-start 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine, but after the car’s launch in the UK in the spring of 2013.

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An absurd name, so lending itself to scatalogical variation that it would not suggest an English speaker was involved in its selection. Almost on a par with the Renault Wind.

Who thinks up these names? Presumably as this is close to the name of a laxative, [Cascara] it goes like sh*t?

Wasn't Cascara a naff 70s disco group?!

Oops - that's your fault Tim! I do beg CascaDa's apology.

Totally agree with the others, a bafflingly naff name - and to think a few months ago we were laughing at calling a car 'Adam', I dread to think what they will think of next.

Sounds a little similar to Concordia.
And we all know what happened to that!