Holden Cascada prepared for Australia and New Zealand

Posted on Thursday, 1 May 2014 , 08:05:36 byTheodora

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Holden Cascada prepared for Australia and New Zealand

We might say that Holden is the national car producer of Australia and it can provide about anything the market requires, from SUVs and trucks to hatchbacks and sedans. The company has just announced plans to introduce the Holden Cascada to Australia and New Zealand sometime in 2015. As a reminder, the Cascada mid-size hard-top convertible was first introduced in October 2012 in Europe as the Opel or Vauxhall Cascada and soon it will borrow the Holden badge for Australia and New Zealand, together with the other relatives, the Astra GTC & VXR and the Insignia VXR. All of them are supposed to reach the Holden dealerships in the first half of 2015.

With a length of 4697mm and a width of 1840mm, the four-seater Cascada is going to be the cheapest model in this segment as it will cost around 25,000 pounds in Europe. The platform used for the Cascada is a mixture of elements from the Astra and the Insignia models. It takes 17 seconds to manipulate the soft top by a single touch of a button and this can be realized at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h). This new arrangement is entirely different from the previous convertible versions that we have seen up till now, which had a retractable hard-top roof.

The Holden Cascada will be available only with a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The engine figures are still unknown but it should develop 170 PS (125 kW) and 206 lb-ft (279 Nm) as it does in Europe. Cruising along with the sun softly warming your skin, feeling the air thickening in your open hand as speed increases, tipping back your head and finding no limit to your view, just diving into the deep blue sky, all of these are typical Cascada moments. So it is inevitable not to like this vehicle.