Instead of revealing it during the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Opel/Vauxhall decided to wait a few weeks to reveal the Cascada, its new convertible. We’re still puzzled about the timing of the release, but regardless, today is the day we officially get to see photos of the new drop-top launching in early 2013
At 184.9 inches long (4,697 mm), and 72.4 inches wide (1,840 mm), Opel is classifying the new Cascada as a mid-sized convertible, but its dimensions are nearly identical to the compact Astra, and therefore the Buick Verano as well. The new Cascada will also feature the awesome HiPer Strut front suspension and FlexRide adaptive damping systems. Meanwhile, the soft top can fully retract in 17 seconds with the touch of a button, while moving at speeds of up to 50 km/h, or 31 mph. Three soft top colors will be available at launch, which can be coordinated with ten different body colors.
Accouterments include electric seat belt presenters, and ventilated, Nappa leather front seats. For ease of entry into the second row (this is a coupe after all), an electric entry system provides ease of use for occupants to slide in and out. And for increased storage, the rear seats split 50:50 into the trunk, which can hold 350 liters, or 12.3 cubic feet with the top up. There’s also a heated steering wheel to be found in the Cascada, as well.
The car is packed with active safety features. Elements such as an AFL+ Adaptive Forward Lighting system with up to 11 automatic functions, the second generation Opel Eye front camera with its new, extended functionalities (enhanced Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning, new Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Alert), a rear-view camera and an Advanced Park Assist, an ultra-sonic based Side Blind Spot Alert, and Hill Start Assist.
Mechanically, the new Opel Cascada will debut an all-new 1.6L Turbo Ecotec powertrain with 125 kW/170 hp and 280Nm/206 lb.-ft. that can be mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Complimenting the new engine begins with two 1.4L turbocharged four-pot variants, providing 88 kW/120 hp and 103 kW/140 hp while achieving 220 Nm/162 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to overboost. Finally, a 2.0L diesel with 121 kW/165 hp and 380Nm/280 lb.-ft. of torque with either a manual or an automatic 6-speed transmission will be available.
Opel hints that even more powerful engine variants are on their way, but we have to ask — does the new Cascada convertible have a place in the Buick family? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.