2013 Frankfurt Preview: Opel Cascada gets a 200 hp 1.6-liter SIDI turbo engine

Article by Anita Panait, on August 23, 2013

Opel will unveil a powerful version of its 1.6 SIDI turbo engine generation inside an Opel Cascada at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), which is set from September 12 to 22, 2013. The engine is second of the newly designed Opel four-cylinder engines that features gasoline direct injection (SIDI = Spark Ignition Direct Injection), marking the acme Opel’s 1.6-liter class.

This new engine could provide up to 147 kW (200 hp) of output, and up to 300 Newton meters of torque, allowing the Cascada to reach a maximum speed of 235 km/h. The first 1.6 SIDI turbo has the capability to provide up to 125 kW (170 hp), and has been offered since Cascada was launch in the spring. Both the 1.6 SIDI turbo engines are released for unlimited usage of regular and super gasoline fuel.

The newer 1.6 SIDI turbo does not only provides 11 percent more power, but also returns up to 300 Nm of torque with overboost, which is 70 Nm more than the comparable 1.6-liter turbo predecessor. The newer 1.6 SIDI turbo’s 125 hp is also considered top of its class.

Despite the power and torque the newer SIDI engine provides, it still enables the Cascada to have decent fuel efficiency figures at 6.7 liters per 100 km, which is equivalent to preliminary carbon emission figures of 158 g/km. The high-performance version of the new mid-size Cascada convertible is easily recognizable thanks to its two exhaust tailpipes.

The flowing shapes and the stretched lines of the new Cascada from Opel can be described in three words which are: handsome, sporty, and clean. Because of this, it gives off that seductive visual charm that is both elegant and timeless. At its core, the new Cascada is a more contemporary evolution of the “Grandes Routières” models. These are cars from a bygone and stylish period known for their timeless and classic elegance.

No matter where it is looked at, from the top down or the top up, it reveals a neat and clean profile which showcases both elegance and style. The cabin has been sculpted in a manner that it offers space enough for a maximum of four adults to sit in comfort. In addition, the use of premium class materials is also evident and mirrors the quality execution done for the exterior design.

Opel’s Lead Design Director Malcolm Ward shares that in developing the Cascada, the goal was to be able to achieve the emotional appeal offered by open-top driving. Because of this, he adds, the task was rather straightforward where the brand would design a model for the convertible mid-size segment that would surprise everyone. This meant that Opel would be able to start from scratch, he says further, resulting in the brand not needing to adapt from previous versions.

Ward continues by saying that this allowed the brand to push out this model further and through the design, makes it even more expressive. Looking at the visual elements of the Cascada, he says, they’ve obviously been made unique and result in a presence that stands out and is cohesive. This allows it to be relative for its segment. The convertible mid-size class is one that is prestigious and generally composed of premium brands.

By joining this segment, Opel is able to pierce an impressive presence as what one could expect for the brand’s standard luxurious bearer. The Cascada delivers a stunning, ambitious, and new assertion of the design philosophy Opel is known for, which is German precision meeting sculptural artistry.

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