The Cascada – our luxurious four-seat, convertible – packs a real punch, with a stiff, aerodynamic body, an optional 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC® petrol engine that delivers up to 170PS, and all Vauxhall’s latest driving-assistant technologies.
At a generous 4.7 metres in length, the soft-top Cascada can seat four adults in luxurious comfort. It comes with a high-quality fabric hood, with superior acoustic and thermal insulation thanks to a special layer of polyester fleece between the outer and inner linings.
The hood can be opened in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 30mph using an interior switch or a button on the key fob, making the Cascada a car for all seasons.
Our optional 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 170PS and 280Nm of torque, will be the highlight of a four-engine range.
Cascada is due to go on sale in the UK in early 2013. As with all Vauxhalls, first Cascada owners will benefit from Vauxhall’s Lifetime Warranty.
Broad stance, elegant lines
The new Cascada is all about stunning design, clean lines and expert craftsmanship.
Sculpture in motion
At 4,697mm long and 1,840mm wide (excluding mirrors), the Cascada has a broad stance and sculpted, elegant lines. With the top down, it has a clean profile with no roof-top cover or visible roll-over protection to disturb the car’s silhouette.
The subtle ‘blade’ on the Cascada’s lower body side is mirrored by a sharp crease that swings up to meet the wraparound rear-light cluster. A gently rising waistline is highlighted by a chrome strip that borders the cockpit, marking the boundary between roof-top and body.
Cascada’s sculpted bonnet tops a deep front grille with bold chrome applications. The fog lights are carried in two overturned ‘sharkfin’ elements, which are enhanced by chrome inserts. The daytime running lights in the headlamps and the LED rear lights incorporate Vauxhall’s ‘wing’ signature.
In the rear, the LED modules are diffused to give a solid, sharp light signal that’s typical of cars in the premium sector. A chrome strip linking the boot-mounted light units matches a similar bar across the front of the car.
The Cascada’s fabric roof can be specified in one of three colours, which can be co-ordinated with one of ten body colours.
The Cascada’s cabin mixes well-equipped functionality with handcrafted modules not found in any other Vauxhall.
Classy, cool and comfortable
Wrapped in a soft-touch material with high-quality stitching, the Cascada’s instrument cluster tops a wing-shaped panel that flows into the doors and frames the area around each front occupant.
All-new, deeply contoured seats are available in a range of embossed fabrics and leathers, and customers have the option of ergonomic, Nappa-leather trimmed seats, which can be heated or ventilated. An Easy Entry system allows access to the rear seats; electric seat-belt presenters are also available.
With a minimum load volume of 280 litres with the roof down, and up to 350 litres roof-up, the Cascada is an exceptionally practical convertible. In addition, the rear seats benefit from Vauxhall’s FlexFold system, which electrically releases and folds down the rear seats, allowing longer objects to be carried with ease.
In the cabin, several large storage spaces are available, one in each door and one under the instrument panel. And thanks to the use of an Electronic Park Brake (standard across the range), a further space is located between the front seats.
Chassis and Dynamics
As well as being significantly larger than the Astra TwinTop – our last open-topped car – the Cascada’s body is 43 per cent stiffer torsionally and 10 per cent more resistant to bending forces. This is critical to maintaining superb vehicle dynamics.
Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut front suspension, first used in the 325PS Insignia VXR, will also be standard across the Cascada range. The system separates damping and steering functions, reducing torque steer, while also improving steering feel and cornering control. In addition to this, the Cascada’s electric power steering module is mounted direct to the rack for greater feel and precision.
Also available across the Cascada range is FlexRide, Vauxhall’s fully adaptive chassis control system, which automatically adapts to your driving style and prevailing road conditions – or can be over-ridden with one of three driver-controlled modes.
The Cascada can be equipped with wheels ranging from 18-inch to 20-inch in diameter, mated to brake disc sizes up to 326mm (front) and 325mm (rear).