Opel Cascada

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Opel Cascada
Opel Cascada 1.6 EDIT Innovation – Frontansicht, 23. März 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg
ManufacturerOpel (General Motors)
Also calledBuick Cascada (United States)
Vauxhall Cascada (United Kingdom)
Holden Cascada (Australia and New Zealand)[1]
Opel Cabrio (Spain)
ProductionMarch 2013–2019
2014-2017 (AU) (NZ) (United States)
AssemblyPoland: Gliwice[2]
DesignerAndrew Dyson
Elizabeth Wetzel
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact convertible[3] (S)
Body style2-door convertible
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformDelta II platform
RelatedOpel Astra J
Opel Zafira Tourer C
Transmission6-speed GM F40 manual
6-speed GM 6T45 (MH7) automatic
Wheelbase2,695 mm (106.1 in)
Length4,696 mm (184.9 in)
Width1,839 mm (72.4 in)
Height1,443 mm (56.8 in)
Curb weight1,701–1,816 kg (3,750–4,004 lb)
PredecessorOpel Astra H TwinTop

The Opel Cascada (Spanish for "waterfall") is a subcompact convertible engineered[4] and manufactured by the German automaker Opel since April 2013.[5] It is also marketed as the Opel Cabrio in Spain, Vauxhall Cascada in the United Kingdom, the Holden Cascada in Australia and New Zealand, and the Buick Cascada in the United States and China. It is not sold in Canada.[6]


Opel Cascada
Vauxhall Cascada
Holden Cascada
Buick Cascada

The Buick Cascada was unveiled in the end of 2012, for a launch on 20 April 2013. At launch, the Cascada offered two choices of four cylinder petrol, a 1.4L or 1.6L engine. These were offered with either a six speed manual or six speed automatic. A 2.0L diesel was also available at launch.

Opel touted that the body of the Cascada was 43% stiffer then that of the previous generation Astra H TwinTop, and works in tandem with the HiPer Strut suspension layout.[7]

In January 2015, the Buick Cascada was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January 2015. It went on sale in January 2016, and is the brand's first factory convertible since the 1991 Buick Reatta, and first two door model since the 1999 Buick Riviera. The Cascada was available in two trims, the 1SV and Premium. Additionally, the Buick is only available with the 1.6L inline 4.[8] though the car was available in the United States it was not available in Canada.

In April 2015, the Holden Cascada went on sale, and was Holden's most recent convertible since the Astra TwinTop was discontinued in 2009. At launch, the Cascada was offered with only the 1.6L petrol engine and a six speed automatic.

Two trim levels were available which are base and launch edition. The Launch edition offered twenty inch alloys, nappa leather sport seats, ventilated front seats, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. Holden ended sales of the Cascada on 1 May 2017.[9]


The Cascada shares much of its interior design with the Opel Astra J on which it is based. Specifications vary between brands however standard features shared between brands include electric park brake, sport seats, DAB Radio, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control, electric folding roof and 7.0" Intellelink Infotainment System branded as MyLink for the Holden.[7][8][9]

Regional differences include ISOFIX points standard both Opel, Vauxhall and Holden models while the Holden Cascada also has top tether mounts. Excluding Holden all Buick, Opel and Vauxhall (Elite trim from 2016) Cascadas include GM's OnStar System as of 2016 as GM expands the service into Europe.[7][8][9]

A Opel Cascada interior without IntelliLink infotainment system.


The Cascada has a turbocharged 1.6 litre four cylinder Medium Gasoline Engine with Spark Ignition Direct Injection technology, which reduces fuel consumption. Its relatively low power output in the Cascada's mass lets it achieve a modest 0 to 60 mph time in the 8 to 9 second range.

The only available engine in the Buick Cascada is the 200 hp turbocharged 1.6 litre four cylinder with Spark Ignition Direct Injection technology and variable valve timing. The Holden Cascada was only available with the 170 horsepower version, 125kw.[8][9]

The engine produces 170 PS (125 kW) of power and 280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft) of torque between 1650 to 3200 rpm. Other engines, not available in the United States, include two 1.4 L Family 0 petrol with 120 PS (88 kW) and 140 PS (103 kW) both with 200 Nm (220 Nm with overboost) and 2.0 L CDTI diesel with 165 PS (121 kW) and 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft).

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.4 Turbo VVT I4 1364 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 4200 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1850-4200 rpm N/A in United Kingdom 153 2013–
140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4900 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1850-4900 rpm 148 2013–
1.6 Turbo SIDI 1598 cc 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 6000 rpm 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) (overboost 280 (207)) at 1650-4250 rpm 148 2013–
200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 5500 rpm 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) (overboost 300 (221)) at 1650-3500 rpm 158 2014–
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
2.0 CDTI I4 1956 cc 165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) at 4000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1750–2500 rpm 138 2013–
2.0 CDTI BiTurbo 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) at 4000 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1750–2500 rpm 138 2014–


  1. ^ "Holden Adds Performance Opel Models To Vehicle Lineup - GM Authority". GM Authority. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Error Found - MID". vpic.nhtsa.dot.gov.
  3. ^ "Cascada Official Start of Production: Glamor from Gliwice". media.gm.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Buick Cascada: Developed in Germany and Built in Poland". media.gm.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Officially Official: Upcoming Opel/Vauxhaull Convertible To Be Called Cascada". GM Authority. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Find of the Week: 2016 Buick Cascada in Canada". Auto Trader. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Beissmann, Tim. "Opel Cascada Mid-Size Convertible Revealed". CarAdvice.com.au. CarAdvice. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d Lorio, Joe. "2016 Buick Cascada Convertible: From Opel, with Love 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible: From Opel, with Love". Car and Driver. Car and Driver. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d Campbell, Matt. "2015 Holden Cascada pricing and specifications". CarAdvice.com.au. CarAdvice. Retrieved 21 June 2016.

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