The Astra GTC looking convertible called the Cascada has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new four-seater convertible takes its name for the Spanish word for ‘waterfall’.
This will be Vauxhall’s most prestige car in their line up when it hits showrooms in a few weeks.
The cascada is basically a cross between an Astra GTC and an Insignia; it measures 4,697mm long and 1,840mm wide, making it the same width as an Astra GTC, but fits in-between the 4,466mm Astra and 4,830mm Insignia.
The Cascada’s canvas top can be opened in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph, either by pressing a switch in the cabin or via a button on the key fob. The roof comes with a choice of three colours, which contrast with 10 exterior paint finishes.
Engines include an all-new MGE 1.6-litre turbo petrol, which develops 168bhp and 280Nm of torque. Direct injection and stop-start improve CO2 emissions by 13 per cent over the current 1.6T.
The engine will only be offered with a six-speed automatic box. A 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol and 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel will also be available, with more powerful versions scheduled to follow.
In keeping with its flagship status, the Cascada will get HiPerStrut front suspension – which cuts torque steer – plus adaptive dampers and headlights, and a heated steering wheel.
Prices have yet to be revealed, but a spokesman confirmed the Cascada will cost less than the A5 Cabriolet, which starts at £29,455.