Vauxhall Cascada (2013–2018)
- September 2012: First images of the Cascada unveiled
- October 2012: Details of the Cascada revealed
- January 2013: Cascada pricing revealed by Vauxhall
- August 2013: New SIDI engined version announced
- January 2020
First images of the Cascada unveiled
Vauxhall revealed the Cascada - the first new mid-size convertible built and designed by the company for more than 70 years. It is 4.7 metres in length – more than 70mm longer than Audi’s A5 Convertible – with a full-size fabric roof. The roof can be opened or closed at the touch of a button, even when the car is moving at up to 30mph. Cascada is a Spanish word meaning waterfall.
Details of the Cascada revealed
Vauxhall released details of the Cascada full-size convertible. An all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 170PS and 280Nm of torque will be the highlight of a three-engine range.
Fabric hood, with superior acoustic and thermal insulation thanks to a special layer of polyester fleece between the outer and inner linings. Making the Cascada a practical year-round car, the hood can be opened in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 30mph by an interior switch, or via a button on the key fob.
The body is torsionally 43 per cent stiffer than Vauxhall’s previous open-topped car, the Astra Twin Top. It also has the much-praised HiPerStrut front suspension which was initially used on the 325PS Insignia VXR.
With a minimum load volume of 280 litres with the roof down, and up to 350 litres roof up, the Cascada is practical. In addition, the rear seats benefit from Vauxhall’s FlexFold system, which electrically releases and folds down the 50:50 split rear seats, allowing longer objects to be carried with ease.
Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut front suspension, first used in the 325PS Insignia VXR, is standard across the Cascada range. The system separates damping and steering functions, reducing torque steer, while also improving steering feel and cornering control. In addition to this, the Cascada’s electric power steering module is mounted direct to the rack for greater feel and precision.
Also available across the Cascada range is FlexRide, Vauxhall’s fully adaptive chassis control system, which automatically adapts to suit driving style and prevailing road conditions, or can be over-ridden with one of three driver-controlled modes.
A broad range of powertrains was available from launch for the Cascada. At entry level, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 140PS, and up to 220Nm thanks to an overboost function. Vauxhall’s efficient and powerful 2.0 CDTi (165PS) diesel engine, which can also be found in Insignia and Zafira Sports Tourer models, is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, producing up to 380Nm of torque on overboost.
There is also a all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine. It produces a maximum 170PS from 1650-3200rpm and 280Nm of torque, again thanks to an overboost function. Initially this engine was only be available with a new, low-friction automatic six-speed gearbox.
Cascada pricing revealed by Vauxhall
|Model||Engine||Price (£)||VAT (£)||Total (£)||OTR (£)||CO 2|
|Cascada SE||1.4 (140PS) Start / Stop||19254.17||3850.83||23105.00||23995.00||148|
|Cascada SE||1.6 SIDI (170PS) Automatic||21229.17||4245.83||25475.00||26505.00||168|
|Cascada SE||2.0 (165PS) Start / Stop||20516.67||4103.33||24620.00||25495.00||138|
|Cascada SE||2.0 (165PS) Automatic||21741.67||4348.33||26090.00||27015.00||163|
|Cascada Elite||1.4 (140PS) Start / Stop||20854.17||4170.83||25025.00||26095.00||148|
|Cascada Elite||1.6 SIDI (170PS) Automatic||22979.17||4595.83||27575.00||28605.00||168|
|Cascada Elite||2.0 (165PS) Start / Stop||22266.67||4453.33||26720.00||27595.00||138|
|Cascada Elite||2.0 (165PS) Automatic||23491.67||4698.33||28190.00||29115.00||163|
|Cascada Elite||2.0 (195PS) Bi-Turbo Start / Stop||23504.17||4700.83||28205.00||29080.00||139|
New SIDI engined version announced
High performance version of new 1.6 SIDI turbo engine announced for Cascada. 200PS and 300Nm torque give top speed of 146mph. The engine is one of the Vauxhall four-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) units. It joins the existing 170PS 1.6 SIDI turbo fitted to the Cascada.
The 200PS 1.6-litre SIDI turbo not only delivers 11 per cent more power, but also 300Nm maximum torque with overboost. The 1.6 SIDI turbo with 200PS completes the Cascada engine portfolio, with three petrol powertrains. It joins the 1.4 turbo 140PS as well as the 170PS 1.6-litre petrol direct injection unit. On the diesel side, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 165PS and the 195PS 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI are available. The Cascada 1.6 SIDI turbo with 200PS and six-speed manual transmission available from October 2013.
Production of Buick/Opel/Vauxhall Cascada discontinued for 2020.