Vauxhall has revealed the first images of its Cascada convertible, which goes on sale in March 2013.
The Cascada is a four-seat, fabric-roof convertible which is longer than an Audi A5 Convertible and positions Vauxhall in a sector that it hasn't occupied. It will e available with an all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 168bhp, the first of a new range of mid-size petrol engines.
The hood is said to be made of high-quality fabric, with superior acoustic and thermal insulation thanks to a special layer of polyester fleece between the outer and inner linings. It opens in 17 seconds at up to 30mph. The Cascada's fabric roof can be specified in one of three colours, which can be coordinated with one of 10 body colours.
Alongside the new 1.6 petrol engine, the entry-level engine is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 137bhp. There's also a 163bhp, 2.0-litre diesel. More powerful versions of the petrol and diesel engines will follow. In the event of the car rolling, pyrotechnically activated, spring-loaded high strength bars automatically deploy behind the rear seats. These pop-ups are also triggered during other severe impacts, such as when the airbags are deployed. Final pricing will be announced at the start of 2013, when orders open, with the first deliveries in March.