2013 Opel Cascada Convertible review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 , 00:10:40 byDan

Filed under OpelAmericanEuropeanVauxhallConvertibles

Opel Cascada Convertible

Only a few weeks ago, carmaker Opel / Vauxhall offered us the possibility to see a part of their new achievement. We are talking about the new mid-size convertible called the Cascada, and now the specialists have provided some new information, just to know what to expect. The new Opel Cascada measures 4.697 mm in length and 1.840 mm in width. According to the carmaker, the new convertible will be the cheapest model in its segment. They have established a starting price of GBP25.000.

Now, let us dig a little deeper. The soft top needs 17 seconds to operate and the driver only needs to push a button. The procedure can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph. Just for comparison, this new Opel Cascada is a lot different, if not entirely, from the previous model the specialists have developed, the Astra TwinTop as this last one had a retractable hard-top roof. When it comes to the platform, know that the Cascada uses one that is a combination between elements belonging to the Astra and the Insignia models. The ones that feel this is not enough for them can always choose the FlexRide adaptive chassis technology which is actually available with three driving modes. To send the power to the road, the car uses 18- to 20-inch wheels and to handle the extra power, the engineers have provided 326 mm front brake discs and 325 mm rear ones.

The Opel Cascada convertible receives power from an all-new 1.6-liter SIDI ECOTEC turbocharged gasoline engine capable of developing 168 horsepower and 279 Nm of torque. The specialists prepare an even more powerful variant capable of generating 197 horsepower, but also softer one with an output that will not exceed 148 horsepower. To send the power to the wheels, it will use a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The other units available to produce power developed especially for the 2013 Opel Cascada convertible are a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline capable of generating 138 horsepower and 219 Nm of torque, a 2.0-liter CDTi with 163 horsepower and 379 Nm of torque and in the end, there is the 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel which delivers 192 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque.