Vauxhall’s new Cascada convertible will cost from £23,995 when it goes on sale in April, with prices rising to £29,080 for the range-topping 2.0-litre model. And although the Cadcada has no direct rivals, Vauxhall reckons it will be able to steal sales from Audi’s A5 (the nearest sized equivalent) by competing on value for money.

The entry-level car comes with a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 138bhp and stop start, with a top speed of 129mph and a 0-60mph time of 10.2sec. The Cascada is also available with Vauxhall’s new MGE 1.6-litre petrol engine with 168bhp, hooked up to what is described as a “low friction” six-speed auto. It will reach 60mph in 9.2sec.

The range topping engine is the 2.0-litre 192bhp twin turbo diesel, claimed to return 54.3mpg and emitting 138g/km, with a 0-60mph time of 8.9sec.

Two trim levels will be available – SE and Elite – and all Cascadas come with HiPerStrut front suspension, lifted from the VXR cars.