Priced from just £23,995 on-the-road, Vauxhall’s new full-size, four-seat convertible, the Cascada, will make its first public appearance in Geneva before hitting UK showrooms in April. With the Audi A5 Cabriolet firmly in its sights, the Cascada offers affordability paired with outstanding levels of equipment, technology and luxury. It comes in two trims, with the entry level SE getting 18" alloy wheels, a sports chassis, LED tail lamps and aux-in/USB, as standard.
The Cascada will come with a broad range of powerful and efficient engines including a 1.4-litre (140PS) Turbo petrol, a 2.0-litre (165PS) diesel and an all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine.
Also set to wow Geneva show-goers next month will be the ADAM ROCKS concept, an urban mini-crossover that could open a new segment in the industry. Compared with the production ADAM, ROCKS is taller, wider, tougher yet more compact in appearance, while offering a cabrio roof. It showcases how ADAM’s unique personalisation – the current production model has over a million different specification and trim combinations – could be taken one step further.
Also making its show debut will be the new generation 1.6 CDTi Start/Stop diesel engine, the first engine announced in a new family of state-of-the-art, four cylinder diesel units. The new powertrain will first appear in Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer MPV. This cutting-edge powertrain is Vauxhall’s cleanest diesel engine ever and is equipped with BlueInjection selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology that meets strict Euro 6 emissions regulations. Strong and powerful, the 1.6 CDTi unit delivers 136PS and 320Nm of torque while also offering outstanding fuel efficiency of 68.9mpg combined and 109g/km CO2. This allows the Zafira Tourer to offer a combination of high torque, performance (with 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds) and fuel economy.
Vauxhall’s personalisation leader ADAM is to utilise all-new voice recognition through Siri Eyes-Free for iPhones that run using iOS 6. Owners of the best connected small car on the market can now talk to their ADAM and it literally answers right away, thanks to its unparalleled iPhone iOS and Android integration. Siri Eyes-Free voice recognition makes driving safer as well as more comfortable. It can make appointments, send and “read” text messages and emails or simply play a favourite song saved on an iPhone. Everything is voice-controlled so drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. A TuneIn app brings the world of international radio to drivers and passengers: app users can tune in to 70,000 stations and over two million on-demand programmes.
Last but by no means least in this Geneva preview, a second ADAM concept will feature on the stand, a Rally Cup variant of the fashionable A-sector newcomer which marks Vauxhall’s sister company Opel’s official return to motorsport. Built to FIA R2 regulations, the ADAM R2 is powered by a 1.6-litre 16V engine with variable camshaft phasing producing 185PS and maximum torque of about 190Nm in its competitive configuration. The adjustable chassis set-up with asphalt and gravel settings guarantees maximum traction and dynamic handling. Excellent stopping power is provided by a braking system with a hydraulic ‘fly-off’ handbrake, Brembo 4-piston front brake callipers and brake pressure regulation for the rear axle. All will be revealed in the Vauxhall/Opel press conference on March 5th at 9:00am in Geneva Palexpo, Hall 2, Stand 2231.