Opel and Vauxhall have reentered the mid-size convertible market by unveiling the 2013 Cascada at the Geneva Motor Show.

Opel and Vauxhall have reentered the mid-size convertible market by unveiling the 2013 Cascada at the Geneva Motor Show.

Described as the spiritual successor to the Kapitän and Rekord, the Cascada has an Astra-inspired exterior which is designed to convey "timeless elegance." Key styling details include a steeply raked A-pillar, LED-infused headlights and an electronically-operated soft top that opens in 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph).

Moving on to the interior, the cabin is nicely equipped with a Morrocana-wrapped dashboard, metallic accents and a fold-down rear seat. Options include Nappa leather upholstery, heated / ventilated front seats and GPS navigation.

Under the hood, four different engines are available including:

  • A 1.4-liter Turbo with outputs of 120 HP (88 kW) and 140 HP (103 kW)
  • A 1.6-liter SIDI Turbo with 170 HP (125 kW) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter CDTI ecoFLEX with 165 HP (121 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter BiTurbo CDTI ecoFLEX with 195 HP (143 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque

To ensure the car's handling is up to task, the Cascada has an ultra-rigid structure that is up to 41 percent stiffer than the Astra TwinTop. Engineers also installed a HiPerStrut front suspension, an electronic rack-and-pinion power steering system and a FlexRide adaptive chassis control system with three settings: Standard, Tour and Sport.

The Cascada will go on sale next month and German pricing starts at €25,945.

Check out the press release for additional information

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