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2013-01-17 12:25

STUNNING OPEL SUN-SEEKER: Opel launches what it calls, “all-season convertible” – a soft-top model based on the Astra but this time badged Cascada.

LUTON, England – Opel’s new four-seat convertible is bent on taking down Audi's A5 cabriolet.

The German automaker says its new Cascada offers "affordability paired with outstanding levels of equipment, technology and luxury".

The new model is available in two trim levels (SE and Elite), with the entry level SE receiving 18" alloy rims, a sports chassis, diode tail lights and aux/USB as standard.

The uprated Elite has leather trim, heated front seats and steering wheel and front fog lights.

ENGINE SPECS

The Cascada has a host of engine options. Starting the line-up is a 1.4-litre (102kW) turbo petrol manual gearbox with a fuel consumption of 5 litres/100km and a 2.0 (121kW) diesel with manual and auto options. The 2.0 diesel has claimed consumption of 5 litres/100km.

The highlight of Cascada’s powertrain line-up is the all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo Ecotec petrol. The first production engine from Opel’s MGE (Mid-Size Gasoline Engine) family, the unit offers major improvements in torque, linearity and overall efficiency.

The engine is capable of 125kW from 1650-3200rpm with a torque figure of 280Nm. The engine will rocket the Cascada from  0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds to a top speed of 217km/h.

The unit will be mated to a six-speed auto with a claimed fuel consumption of  7.2 litres/100km and a CO2 emissions of 168g/km.

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Available in ten colours, Cascada can be ordered with solid, two-coat metallic or two-coat pearlescent paint, and a choice of three roof colours, depending on exterior colour. The vehicle’s fabric roof opens in 17 seconds at driving speeds of up to 48km/h.

Duncan Aldred, Opel chairman and managing director said: “The all-new Cascada is an outstanding full-size, four seat convertible with premium qualities and technologies at an affordable, mainstream price.

It’s an exciting time for Opel with Cascada launching the brand in to its fourth new sector in a year, following Ampera, Mokka and Adam.”

Unfortunately, SA's Opel fans will be disappointed to know that the Cascada will not arrive on our shores in the near future.

Caroline Thomas, product communications manager for General Motors South Africa, said: "We are currently not considering the possible introduction of the Opel Cascada into the South African market."


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