The new Vauxhall convertible will be called Cascada, it has been confirmed. The TwinTop replacement is sized between the Astra and Insignia
Mark Tisshaw
5 September 2012

The new Vauxhall cabriolet will be called Cascada, the company has confirmed. The Cascada will be very different to its Astra-based predecessors: it has shifted up a class in size and is longer than even an Audi A5 cabriolet.

Very few details of the car have been confirmed at this stage to go with this teaser image, as Vauxhall does not want to detract from the launch of the new Vauxhall Adam at the Paris motor show later this month.

The Cascada name is an entirely new nameplate for Vauxhall and is neither a reference to anything nor a nod to its past. Vauxhall’s managing director Duncan Aldred hopes the Cacada will “continue to refresh people’s perceptions” of the brand.

Unlike the Astra TwinTop it effectively replaces, the four-seat Cascada uses a folding fabric roof instead of a retractable hard-top. It can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 31mph.

The Cascada’s 4710mm length makes it 70mm longer than an A5 cabriolet and 225mm longer than the Astra TwinTop. But despite eclipsing the A5 in size, the Vauxhall will be priced to significantly undercut its premium rival, which starts at £29,455.

The underpinnings of the Cascada are not clear, but being between the Astra and Insignia in length it is likely to incorporate elements of both of those cars.

Spy pictures have previously revealed the Cascada’s interior will share fundamentally the same layout as the Astra, but with an increased use of chrome trim.

Engines are likely to be taken from the top-end of Vauxhall’s stable, to reflect the Cascada’s more upmarket positioning. The firm has previously confirmed its intentions to overhaul its entire engine line-up by the middle decade, so it’s probable the Cascada will get engines from the new MGE (medium gasoline engine) range soon after launch.

The Cascada car is set to be revealed in full by the end of the year before going on sale in the UK early next year. 

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Cascada
The Cascada is as big as cars like the Audi A5, but it’s priced more like an A3

The Vauxhall Cascada is a four-seat convertible with some desirable touches, but does it have the allure to coax buyers away from options like the Audi A5 Cabriolet?

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5 September 2012

The last car I saw with that many buttons on the fascia was an Alfa 164.  I guess the Astra and the Insignia is the same?

5 September 2012

Abarthuk.com wrote:

The last car I saw with that many buttons on the fascia was an Alfa 164.

Looks like it was inspired by a Boeing 707

5 September 2012

Survey said....64% of cabriolet buyers NEVER put the Roof down!,so, what's the point?

Peter Cavellini.

5 September 2012

Named for the German Euro-pop massive!

Myk

5 September 2012

I really wonder if Vauxhall have thought through the market with this car.  Unless it looks significantly different from an Astra (which I doubt, especially given it's Astra dashboard), people are going to baulk at a £30k starting price.  No-one is ever going to consider this as an alternative to an A5, no matter how big or cheap in comparison.

(Also, naming it after a naff pop group isn't going to help it's image)

5 September 2012

You'll probably find Vauxhall had no say in calling this new car the Cascada and as for the name it hasnt done the Insignia much harm naming it after a can of deodorant. just not sure about the name Cascada at the moment it may grow on me. It sounds too much like Cascade which suggests a waterfall i.e leaks  :S   

5 September 2012

Hope this does not imply that the roof leaks!

5 September 2012

Any news of a coupe version - a successor to the Calibra?

5 September 2012

Sounds a bit all German Euro pop to me....

5 September 2012

Kaskada?  Is that the name of some German bloke in Opel's history?

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