The Cascada is the brand’s fourth new model this year following the Ampera, Mokka small crossover and Adam premium city car, and its first convertible after the demise of the smaller Astra Twin Top.
With the Cascada, Opel and Vauxhall are moving away from the compact segment and entering the mid-size sector. At 4,697mm long and 1,840mm wide, the Cascada is not only significantly bigger than the Astra Twin Top, but it’s actually 71mm longer than the Audi A5 Cabrio and 85mm longer than the BMW 3-Series Convertible.
Under the bonnet, the big news is the introduction of Opel’s all-new 1.6-liter SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine that promises to offer notable improvements in torque, linearity and overall efficiency.
In this application, the four-cylinder unit produces a maximum output of 168Hp (170PS) from 1650-3200rpm and 280Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. Initially, it will be offered only with an automatic six-speed gearbox.
Other powertrain options for the Cascada include an entry level, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 138hp (140PS) and 220Nm (162 lb-ft), and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel rater for 163Hp (165PS) and 380Nm (280 lb-ft), available with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Opel and Vauxhall said that more powerful versions of both petrol and diesel engines will be launched “in due course”.
The interior and exterior styling of the Cascada borrow elements from both the latest iterations of the Astra and Insignia, with the automaker providing several luxury amenities and tech goodies on the standard and optional equipment lists.
Vauxhall said that pricing for the Cascada will start in the UK from around £25,000 (equal to €30,800 or $40,500 at the current exchange rates), or about the same as the entry level BMW 118i Convertible.
First deliveries of the Adam in Europe will start in January of 2013.