This is the Cascada a full four-seater from Vauxhall which is due to be released in March 2013. Prices have yet to be confirmed with the order book being opened in January of next year.
This is not a replacement for the Astra TwinTop, the Cascada has a foot print of 4697mm by 1840mm (ex. Mirrors) which is slightly bigger than the Audi A5. It will feature Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut front suspension as standard across the range with the option of FlexRide, Vauxhall’s fully adaptive chassis control system, which automatically adapts to suit driving style and prevailing road conditions, or can be over-ridden with one of three driver-controlled modes.
The Vauxhall Cascada will feature a powered a triple layer fabric-roof to take care of the British weather – it can be opened in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph – and when stationary the roof can be operated by the key fob remote control.
There will be a choice of four engines including new 170PS 1.6 litre SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol which initially will only be available with a new, low-friction automatic six-speed gearbox. The entry-level engine will be the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol unit seen on Vauxhall models such as the new Mokka. The 165PS 2.0 CDTi diesel engine, which can also be found in Insignia and Zafira Sports Tourer models, will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Vauxhall are promising more powerful petrol and diesel engines in due course to compliment the Cascada.
Options will include AFL+ (Adaptive Forward Lighting) with up to 11 automatic lighting functions; Front Camera System, including Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Alert; rear-view camera; heated steering wheel; Hill Start Assist; Side Blind Spot Alert.
We will report on full specifications and Vauxhall Cascada prices as soon as we have the information.Published 17 October 2012