Vauxhall unveils new cabriolet
Although Cascada has a similar front end to the Astra, its body length puts it into the same size bracket as the Audi A5 Convertible. The fabric hood is designed to reduce weather and noise, available in three colour options and opens in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph, as well as via the key fob.
Vauxhall is claiming a 43% improvement in body stiffness compared to the Astra Twin Top, its last fabric roof convertible, with handling aided by the use of the same HiPerStrut front suspension which debuted on the Insignia VXR. FlexRide adaptive chassis control is available as an option, as can wheels of up to 20 inches in diameter.
Powerplants include the familiar 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, and an all-new 1.6 turbocharged petrol with 168bhp which debuts in the Cascada, while diesels include the 163bhp 2.0-litre CDTi found in other models. More powerful units will follow soon after launch, likely to include the 2.0-litre Biturbo diesel.
‘Cascada is set to change people’s perception of Vauxhall once again,’ said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director. ‘The full-size convertible sector tends only to be occupied by very high-priced cars from premium manufacturers. With Cascada, we’re offering customers high levels of equipment, technology and luxury but at an affordable price.’