Opel Cascada, the new convertible made by the Russelsheim manufacturer, was officially unveiled. The new Opel Cascada will be launched at the beginning of 2014 and will coms with all the technological elements presented lately by the German car manufacturer. We are talking about the HiPerStrut suspension, the FlexRide system and the new SIDI engines with direct injection. The Opel Cascada has a retractable fabric roof that can be activated in just 17 seconds at the push of a button. The transformation can occur at speeds up to 50 km / h, as in many other convertibles on the market.
The Cascada convertible will be available with alloy wheels ranging in size from 17 to 20 inches. In relation to the Astra TwinTop, the new Cascada enjoys a body with increased torsional rigidity by 43%, a flexural strength increased by 10%, while the wheelbase is 71 millimeters higher, the front track is increased by 56 mm and the rear track is increased by 70 mm.
The new convertible German model comes with premium features such as Nappa leather and electrical guiding devices for the seatbelt system. The list of features include items such as superior ergonomic chairs, certificated by AGR that have heating and ventilation. The technology chapter includes the Adaptive Front Lighting system, AFL +, the second generation of the Opel Eye system to monitor the distance to the vehicle in front and for warning of a frontal collision, a rearview camera and an advanced parking system. Opel introduces in the Cascada a blind spot lateral monitoring system with ultrasonic alarm. The heated steering wheel is also present, along with the lane departure warning system and the hill start assist.
Opel Cascada will be powered by a generous range of engines, including the new 1.6 SIDI with two power levels of 170 HP and 200 HP. Comparing to the current 1.6 Turbo engine found on Astra and Insignia the SIDI engine provides a consumption decreased by 13%, although the power is higher. The base version of Cascada will be powered by a 1.4 Turbo engine with 120 HP or 140 HP. Opel Cascada will have a diesel version, powered by a 165 HP 2.0 CDTI, accompanied either by a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Opel officials have published a series of photos of the new Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition. This time, the special edition will be produced in only 500 copies and has been photographed where else than the famous German Nurburgring circuit.
The Opel engineers have said that the model have passed an endurance test of 10,000 km, the distance being traveled on the German circuit. The Opel officials also said the 10,000 kilometers on the Green Hell is the equivalent of 180,000 km run under normal conditions.
The Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition Special Edition has a 1.6-liter engines that produces 210 HP and develops a torque of 280 Nm. Thanks to these figures, the smallest member of the OPC family sprints from 0-100 km / h in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230 km / h.
The revival of the Opel Calibra will come with a number of surprises for the fans of the German car manufacturer. According to information published in the international press, the future Opel Calibra will also have a convertible version, that it will be an alternative to other success models like BMW 3 Series and Audi A5 in their convertible versions.
The new Opel Calibra convertible will have the design based on the dynamic lines of the GTC concept, presented in world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, who also inspired the OPC version of Opel Insignia.
The Calibra coupe will receive an V6 Turbo engine of 2.8 liters and 325HP found also under the hood of the Insignia OPC model. Obviously, the engine can be combined with the 4×4 system available on this model.
Opel presented the facelift of the Antara model. The Ruesselsheim crossover followed the path of Captiva model, which received a facelift at the Paris Motor Show. In the case of Antara, the changes are implemented at both the interior and the exterior and the engine range has been improved . All the engines now meet the Euro 5 standard environment and offer lower fuel consumption and increased performance.
The Antara range has a new engine the 2.2 CDTI, which is offered in two versions of power. The 163 horsepower version offers 36 additional horsepower than its predecessor, while the 184 horsepower unit outperforms its predecessor by 34 horsepower. The 4×2 and 4×4 versions of Antara can be ordered with the 2.2 liter diesel engine and 163 horsepower, and the customers can choose between the six-speed manual transmission and the six reports automatic transmission.
The Antara petrol engine remains a aspirated four-cylinder in-line unit, which has a displacement of 2.4 liters. The engine offers 30 HP in addition to its predecessor, totaling 170 HP. The unit is offered as four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, and the customers can choose either an automatic gearbox or a manual gearbox with six gears. All the engines have variable distribution and comply with the Euro 5 standards.
The changes in the exterior are: a new front bumper, a redesigned rear bumper, new projects, alloy wheels with a different model and a grid with optical blocks changed and redesigned. The interior received a new center console, an optimized panel system and an improved lighting system.
Although they have been quite secretive regarding the future of the Astra GTC, in interviews given in Paris, the Opel officials have launched a series of anonym information. Inside sources claim that the new generation of Astra GTC hatchback will be a true revolution in the segment and will set new standards. The model will provide more power and a more performance-oriented chassis than those of the rivals.
Although Opel presented in Paris an Astra GTC with a 2.0 liter engine and 290 HP, inside sources suggest that the future Opel hatchback will be powered by an 300 HP engine, able to exceed performances of the old Ford Focus RS.
The resources of the new Astra GTC will increase significantly under the hood but the Stuttgart engineers promise also a better grip and control on on the road. The new Astra GTC will use a anti-slip differential and a Hyperstrut mechanical front suspension, originally developed for the Insignia OPC.
Mark Adams, the GM Europe design chief, said at the Paris salon that "the GTC Paris is an exceptional car and the future Astra GTC will follow this concept. Currently we are very anxious, but we do not want to promise something and then let the fans down. The car will be, certainly, as expected" concluded Adams.
The next four years will be very important for Opel, who wants to improve the annual sales by launching 13 new models. The first step will be made this autumn when Opel will launch at the Paris Motor Show the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer.
The most important models of Opel scheduled to be launched in the coming years will be but the current versions of the Insignia and Astra convertible. The compact and the D segment models will benefit from a new body and a facelift.
Unlike the older generation model, the future Astra TwinTop will stop using a metal roof in favor of a textile one easier and less expensive. This shift is given by the failure of the model, too expensive and too difficult to produce.
The future Astra convertible will cost about 25.000 euros and will compete big names in the segment, such as the Megane Coupe Cabriolet, Volkswagen Golf Cabrio and even the Audi A3 Cabriolet.
On the other hand, the Cabriolet Insignia could be launched in late 2013 or early 2014, after the fans will test in 2012 the new city model, Junior, which will rival the Fiat 500. The coupe and convertible versions will make their debut in the US under the already popular name Buick Regal.
Next year, Opel will make public a series of launches expected such as the future Astra GTC, a concept that will be presented this autumn in Paris, the new generation of Zafira and the ecological Ampera. Opel Antara will not be forgotten and will receive a facelift. Opel Corsa will also be redesigned, for the last time, because in 2013 will be launched the new generation.
In 2014, will be launched the future Agila and in 2012 Opel will return to motorsport, this time with Williams. The Russelsheim car manufacturer will use a modified Insignia OPC by the Formula 1 team.