It’s no secret that, perhaps with a few idiosyncratic exceptions, Opel vehicles are known for their attractive design — and the new Cascada convertible is a prime example of this reality. To that end, the new soft-top — the first convertible to be developed entirely by Opel in-house — has received a significant amount of praise and positive critical acclaim for its exterior design. But what makes the Cascada so beautiful, and why? Opel Chief Designer Andrew Dyson helps us answer that question by describing the intricate elements of the Cascada in the video below.
As Mr. Dyson points out, a beautiful design starts with correct proportions — a characteristic that the Cascada undoubtedly contains. The soft-top, which is described as having a “harmonious roofline”, runs into the flush-fitting rear window — which is rather unique in the way it integrates with the top itself. And while the roof — which drops in 17 seconds and can be operated while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph) — might be the Cascada’s most conspicuous element, what might not be as obvious is the blade theme that spans the entire vehicle.
Take, for instance, the front of the Cascada: the upscale upper grille execution complements the expressive headlamps with an LED blade element in the upper part of the cluster. Meanwhile, the wide lower grille spans the complete width of the vehicle’s front fascia and is accompanied by the up-turned blades that wrap the fog lamp element. On the side, a sharp line runs from the front door and into the rear lamp cluster, but the line even continues through the lamp cluster itself — as Mr. Dyson points out. And in the rear, the blade theme continues with the chrome strip running across the top of the trunk lid, and then into the lamp graphic of the rear LED lights.
Take it away, Mr. D: