General Motor’s European unit Opel has finally revealed its new midsize Cascada convertible. It is a two-door soft top that is said to replace the Astra TwinTop. In addition, the car took some of its styling inspiration from the range-topping Opel Insignia.
More on Cascada Convertible’s Fabric Roof
Compared to its predecessor, the new Cascada uses a fabric roof that can be opened within 17 seconds. Potential owners can choose to open the convertible roof remotely at standstill using a button on the key fob. They can also open the roof top at speeds of up to 30 mph using a dashboard-mounted switch.
With the roof raised, the car’s trunk capacity is at 12.4 cubic feet, although it is cut down to 9.9 cubic feet when stowed. Despite that, the automaker said that it will offer a FlexFold system. This optional feature will use an electronic mechanism to fold the rear seats in a 50:50 split, which will create more cargo room.
Exterior and Interior Design
Aside from its convertible fabric roof, the Opel Cascada Convertible is longer and wider than the Astra sedan and Buick Verano at 184.9 inches long and 72.8 inches wide.
It also boasts greater-body rigidity compared to Astra TwinTop, with its torsional stiffness up to 43 percent. This improvement is said to contribute to the car’s better handling, ride comfort, as well as significant noise reduction, vibration, and harshness.
The vehicle also underwent chassis development, with its front suspension modeled closely to the one used in Insignia. Opel also confirmed that the new Cascada will come with three four-cylinder engines at the start of the European sales.
Units with Turbocharged gasoline will include 138-hp 1.4-liter Ecotec and a new 168-hp, 1.6-liter direct injection Ecotec. Joining them is the 165-hp Turbocharged, 2.0-liter common-rail diesel. The car also sports gearbox choices, which include a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
GM’s Financial Situation
It is reported that Opel originally planned to launch a Cascada in both coupe and convertible body styles. However, the former was placed on hold because of GM’s financial situation and falling sales in major market.
The Opel Cascada Convertible will go on sale early next year. It is also expected to be available in North America by Buick brand, although GM is yet to confirm the speculation. Official pricing is yet to be announced, but the car manufacturer said that it will be priced higher than the Astra TwinTop. This move reflects the company’s aspiration of joining the upper-market.
Image Source: Opel Cascada Convertible | Official Website