The Vauxhall Cascada, the carmaker’s new full-size convertible, will be rolled out to showrooms in April 2013 for a starting price of just £23,995 on-the-road -- around £8,000 less than its main competitor in the premium convertible sector, the Audi A5 Cabriolet. Vauxhall offers to match the A5 Cabriolet by making the Cascada more affordable while brandishing it with excellent levels of equipment, luxury and technology.
The Cascada is available in two trims. The entry level SE features 18" alloy wheels, a sports chassis, LED tail lamps and aux-in/USB, as standard.
The higher level Elite features leather trim, heated front seats and steering wheel and front fog lamps. The convertible is also available in several engine choices. A buyer could opt for the 1.4-litre (140PS) Turbo petrol engine paired with a manual gearbox that’s capable of returning 44.8mpg and emitting just 148grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled.
The 2.0-litre (165PS) diesel engine, which is available with either manual or automatic transmissions, could return 54.3mpg combined and 138g/km carbon dioxide.
A buyer could also opt for the Cascada’s 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine, which is the first production engine from Vauxhall’s MGE (Mid-Size Gasoline Engine) family. The 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine could produce up to 170PS from 1650rpm to 3200rpm, and up to 280Nm of torque, thereby allowing the convertible to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 9.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 135mph.
The engine will be paired a new, low-friction automatic six-speed transmission that allows it to return a combined fuel consumption of 39.2mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 168g/km.
Vauxhall will offer a high-performance 2.0 (195PS) Bi-Turbo diesel engine paired with a manual transmission shortly after the Cascada’s launch. The Bi-Turbo returns a combined 138g/km and 54.3mpg, and could accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 8.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 143mph. Coming as standard across the Cascada range is Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut front suspension, which was first installed in the 325PS Insignia VXR.