Opel Cascada convertible in Europe based on Buick Verano


Buick has been touting with a convertible car for quite a while, and there is much speculation that the convertible model will be based on the Buick Verano platform. Well, that speculation has come to reality. General Motors Europe has just announced today of the new Opel Cascada convertible, which¬†Opel calls it an “athletic, glamorous midsize convertible.”

The new Opel Cascada convertible is measured at about 185 inches in length (4,697 mm) and 72.4 inches (1,840 mm) in width, and has seating for four passengers. The rag-top can retract in about 17 seconds and at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h). The new convertible model comes with a variety of engine choices: a 1.4-liter turbo gas engine, 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 165 horsepower and a 1.6-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine producing 170 horsepower and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm). The engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

For the interior, the Cascada is crafted to be sporty, which has a wing-shaped instrument panel while the seats are offered in several elegantly embossed fabrics and leathers. The up-level AGR certified ergonomic seats are wrapped in rich, soft Nappa leather and benefit from heating and ventilation systems. There is also an electric seat belt extender which brings the seat belt within close reach using a telescoping arm. An electric Easy Entry system makes access to the rear seat easily.

There is plenty of storage space throughout the Opel Cascada, with a total of 280 liters with an opened roof-top and up to 350 liters when the soft-top is closed. To extend the cargo space, it has the FlexFold system that electrically releases and folds down the 50:50 split rear seat back rests.

As all GM new cars, the Opel Cascada convertible will come with a slew of luxury and technology features, such as adaptive forward lighting, ergonomic heated front seats, front camera that can recognize traffic signs, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert.

Currently, the new Opel Cascada convertible will be available only in Europe, but given the experience with GM’s Buick, we will likely see the convertible be available in the U.S. sometimes later.