Vauxhall reveals all-new Cascada convertible
17 October 2012
Author: Jack Carfrae
Vauxhall has unveiled the first official images of its new convertible known as the Cascada.
The four-seater drop-top is based on the current Astra and at just under 4.7mm in length, is larger than an Audi A5 convertible.
Vauxhall has eschewed the trend for folding hard-tops, instead fitting a fabric roof, which opens electronically at up to 30mph in 17 seconds.
The Cascada's engine line-up will initially comprise a 140hp 1.4 petrol, a 165hp 2.0-litre diesel and an all-new 170hp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol.
The diesel engine will be available with both a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.6-litre petrol will be offered only with a new "low friction" six-speed automatic transmission, for economy purposes.
Vauxhall said that more powerful petrol and diesel engines would follow during the Cascada's production life.
It also said that the car's body will be exceptionally stiff and safe for a convertible and that it will benefit from the advanced front suspension system found in the high-performance Insignia VXR.
The boot will be able to accommodate 350-litres of luggage when the roof is up and 280 litres when it's down.
Vauxhall's Flexride system will be available as an option, which automatically changes the chassis and suspension settings to suit the road surface.
Prices will be announced in early 2013 with first deliveries due in March.
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