First details about the 2013 Opel/Vauxhall Cascada
Opel/Vauxhall has been playing around with a convertible at the beginning of last month. Some of the first rumors about this car said something about a convertible Astra version, but lately the German carmaker dismissed that info by presenting a new mid-size convertible called the Cascada.
With a length of 4697mm and a width of 1840mm, the four-seater cabrio is a mixture of elements from the Astra and the Insignia. Compared to the previous Astra Twin Top, this entirely different soft top takes around 17 seconds to operate, at speeds of up to 50km/h. Also it’s going to be the cheapest model in this segment with a price tag of around $40,000.
While the new Cascada will be available with a new range of wheels from 18 to 20 inches, it will also feature the HiPer strut front suspension and compound crank beam axle design that has been taken from the Insignia VXR. Furthermore, the braking power will be provided by 326mm front brake discs and 325mm rear ones and customers can also opt for the FlexRide adaptive chassis technology that comes with three driving modes.
Under the bonnet the cabrio received a brand new 1.6-liter SIDI ECOTEC turbocharged gasoline engine that outputs 168 HP – 125 kW and 279 Nm of torque. Chances are that in the future we might see a more powerful variant of this engine with 197 HP – 147 kW as well as a lower output version with 148 HP – 110 kW. For the moment, this engine will come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
However, the engine range doesn’t stop here, as Opel/Vauxhall also offers a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline that otuputs 138 HP – 103 kW and 219 Nm, followed by a 2.0-liter CDTi with 163 HP – 121 kW and 379 Nm of torque and a possible 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel that produces 192 HP – 143 kW and 220 Nm.