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Opel/Vauxhall Cascada [w/gallery]

Wed, 17 Oct 2012

The Opel/Vauxhall Cascada effectively replaces the Astra Twin Top, but attempts to move the model upmarket as a separate product line.

It has moved up a size to reflect its prestige aspirations: at 4,697 mm long and 1,840 mm wide, it's longer than an Audi A5.

Like many of the latest generation of convertibles, the Cascada ditches a folding solid hardtop in favor of a lighter, more space-efficient and cheaper soft fabric set-up. "Most convertibles look good with the top down, but many seem clumsy with their roof up. Thanks to its high-quality, aerodynamically clean soft top with a perfect, seamless profile, the Opel Cascada also cuts a fine figure when closed," says Malcolm Ward, Director Exterior Design.

Its design language is clearly related to the rest of the Opel/Vauxhall line, with ‘boomerang' DLR graphics and a shield-shaped grille to form its DRG as well as another iteration of the lower rocker feature line, in combination with the sharp, undercut upper bone line that grows upwards and outwards through the door surface to form the shoulder line and into the rear lamps. The rear is again familiar with a broad, chrome trim element and a distinct center line. The treatment of the shut lines around the rear deck looks particularly neat.

Its interior features an IP with a binnacle top that extends to wrap over the center stack, while the rest appears to be standard GM Europe fayre bar the Ferrari Daytona-esque detailing in the leather seat centers.

The Cascada looks like a prime candidate for the three porthole, waterfall grille treatment for sale in the US and China.

Gallery: Opel/Vauxhall Cascada >>