Snapshot of the new Cascada

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VAUXHALL has published the first full-car photos and more details of the Cascada convertible ahead of its public debut before the end of the year.

The fourth model to launch Vauxhall into a new market sector this year alone, the Cascada is a four-seat fabric-roofed convertible that’s set to enter a market where mainstream ‘accessible’ manufacturers have often struggled. There will be two petrol engines and one 163 bhp two-litre diesel engine. The diesel and the turbocharged 138 bhp 1.4-litre petrol are familiar, but an entirely new 1.6-litre petrol will make its debut in the Cascada. The 1.6 SIDI Turbo EcoTec is the first of a new family of engines and produces 168 bhp between 1,650 rpm and 3,200 rpm. Initially it will only be available with a new low-friction six-speed automatic gearbox. The car will be 4.7 metres long and 1.84 metres wide excluding its door mirrors, making it pleasantly compact but long enough to provide good legroom. The roof can be specified in a choice of three shades to coordinate with one of 10 body colours. The interior is closely linked to the Vauxhall Insignia’s, but with model-unique accents.