Vauxhall Cascada revealed

5 Mar, 2013 7:05pm Tom Phillips

The Vauxhall Cascada four-seater convertible has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show

This is the Vauxhall Cascada. The new four-seater convertible takes its name for the Spanish word for waterfall, and will be the most luxurious model in Vauxhall’s line-up when it goes on sale in a few weeks.

Unlike the discontinued Astra TwinTop, the Cascada is a standalone model built on a combination of the Astra and Insignia platforms.

It measures 4,697mm long and 1,840mm wide, making it the same width as an Astra GTC, but fits in between the 4,466mm Astra and 4,830mm Insignia.

Vauxhall is keen to point out that the Cascada is longer than an Audi A5 Cabriolet, although that car has a 320-litre boot with the roof down – 40 litres more than the new Vauxhall.

The Cascada’s canvas top can be opened in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph, either by pressing a switch in the cabin or via a button on the key fob. The roof comes with a choice of three colours, which contrast with 10 exterior paint finishes.

The elegant, flowing creases aim to give the new drop-top an upmarket appearance, while the interior features high-quality leather upholstery, as well as double-stitched soft-touch materials on the dashboard.

To compensate for the lack of a roof, the Cascada gets chassis strengthening that makes it 43 per cent stiffer than the Astra TwinTop. Pyrotechnic hoops pop up behind the rear seats should the car roll or airbags deploy.

Engines include an all-new MGE 1.6-litre turbo petrol, which develops 168bhp and 280Nm of torque. Direct injection and stop-start improve CO2 emissions by 13 per cent over the current 1.6T. The engine will only be offered with a six-speed automatic box. A 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol and 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel will also be available, with more powerful versions scheduled to follow.

In keeping with its flagship status, the Cascada will get HiPerStrut front suspension – which cuts torque steer – plus adaptive dampers and headlights, and a heated steering wheel.

Prices have yet to be revealed, but a spokesman confirmed the Cascada will cost less than the A5 Cabriolet, which starts at £29,455.

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I don't know if comparing it with the A5 is a good idea. It still is an opel. Screw the vauxhall brand by the way. And it still has inferior image, interior, suspension vs the A5.

Cant see this selling well, vauxhall just doesnt have the quality image (only an image) of german rivals. I bet there will be massive depreciation too!!.... May be a good 2nd hand buy

What a daft name!!! Someone been busy with the Scabble set again?

Someone in GM should really check these names properly. 'Cascada' is too close to a well known laxative. Perhaps it goes like sh*t?

I'm not a Vauxhall-Opel fan but this is a great looking car. If they are not too greedy on the price it could sell well.

I don't understand why GM stopped using the Opel name for the sexier cars in it's range. The name may be pants in Europe but in the UK pretty much anything is better than Vauxhall.

Yes. I'm sure someone has been busy with the 'Scabble' set.

It's a Vauxhall not a name associated with quality more the absolute opposite, yet at £29,445 they want to ask the same as BMW 3 or 5 Series entry model that are very good.

Will not be a big sales/profit generator for GM, offers nothing that will help GM to turnaround its huge debt mountain in Europe, will just pile on a load more debt for GM sad to say.

Always would like to buy something prestigious from GM, but this is just not for me.

"but a spokesman confirmed the Cascada will cost less than the A5 Cabriolet,"

I'd hope so, Audi is a prestige brand and vauxhall just... isn't.

Looks surprisingly good, and does look a bit different from just being an Astra convertible.

Couldn't justify a soft top, but if they put out a hard top as a continuation of the Manta -> Calibra line, I'd be tempted!

What a rubbish name! Should've called it calibra or even Manta