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Here Comes the Stunning Vauxhall Cascada
Vauxhall has released official pictures and specifications for its imminent venture, Cascada, for the first time. The stylish new convertible is
expected to be one of the most luxurious models ever created by Vauxhall and will go on sale in the UK early in 2013.
The Beauty of Cascada
After the striking Adam, it’s breathtakingly beautiful Cascada’s turn to shine through the limelight. The convertible has been aptly named in accordance
with a Spanish word which means waterfall. Its gorgeousness and flow, both take cues from a cascading fall. Also, Cascada has been designed taking combined
inspiration from Astra and Insignia, to strengthen its standalone personality.
The dimensions include a length of 4.697m and a width of 1.84m, which make it as wide as Astra GTC, but between Astra and Insignia. Also, the car maker has
keenly mentioned that the length of its impending launch is greater than Audi’s Cabriolet. However, with the roof shut, the boot space at 320 litres is 40
litres lesser than the latter.
The Appearance and features
The very elegant, almost fluid creases intend to give the new convertible a posh look. The chic leather upholstery and the soft-touch premium material,
double-stitched on the dash, only add to the drop-top’s upmarket appeal.
Cascada’s canvas roof can be opted for in three colours, contrasting with 10 paint choices of the convertible’s exterior finish. The roof can fully open-up
in 17 seconds at a minimum speed of 30mph, with the press of a cabin switch or through a button fitted on the key fob.
Lack of the crown in Cascada has been compensated by a stronger chassis, 43% sturdier than the Astra Twin Top. There is Pyrotechnic safety apparatus
incorporated and designed to automatically pop up from behind the back seats in case of a roll-over incident, or whenever the airbags are deployed.
The Power and Performance
Cascada will house the latest MGE turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine, designed to generate 168bhp and a torque of 280Nm. The direct injection technique
and the stop-start feature incorporated into the design reduce CO2 emissions by 13% compared to the current 1.6T. This version will be
accompanied by a six-speed auto gear system. Optional engines are a 1.4 litre petrol and 2.0 litre diesel, generating 138bhp and 163bhp respectively.
Vauxhall has announced that more potent versions will follow after the convertible’s launch in March next year.
In line with its flagship position, Cascada will include a HiPerStrut front-wheel drive suspension engineered into its construction, which will decrease
torque steer; and also adaptive dampers and headlamps.
Sources reveal that the entry-level model of this classy, life-sized convertible will be priced at around £25,000, making it the most economical one on the
market amongst competition.
Vauxhall has made yet another mark in the automobile sector by introducing a fourth all-new model in less than a year. The sophisticated appearance and the
premium appeal of Cascada combined with economical pricing will most definitely make it the most coveted convertible on the UK markets early next year.