Review: The first ride – Opel Cascada 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC Cosmo

for Opel’s recently really he took. After the launch of the new Astra compact and minicars Adam heading into the middle class with an elegant Cascada convertible. When placing the car on the Czech market Opel organized a press conference at which I had the opportunity to try the Cascade brand new petrol powerplant 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC . The first of a series of newly developed engines that appear in Opel in the near term.

Design

While it may seem that there is new Opel Cascada Only Astra with a retractable roof, it is not. While Astra comes to the segment of compact, Cascada already lounging in the middle class. Moreover suggest that the dimensions – the car is 4,696 mm long, 1,840 mm wide and 1,443 mm high. When I compare the main dimensions of the older Astra TwinTop comes next – 220 mm, 81 mm and 32 mm. All in favor of the new Cascade, which is … well, Unlike a class .

Finally, someone in neprémiovém segment saw that the stern convertible need not be bloated and stretched when the roof more than ugly. The rear light uses modern LED technology and fiber optics belt. Their visual unification is responsible for the elegant chrome trim. Ancestor is shaped in the spirit of contemporary design trend automakers, the new Astra GTC, however mistaken it. I can find a LEDs daytime running lights.

But the main surprise is uppermost. Opel Indeed, after years of returning to the canvas roof . Download and stretching in charge electrohydraulic mechanism that is less noisy than conventional servos. Transformation of a sports coupe into an elegant convertible takes 17 seconds even while driving to a speed of 50 km / h . The advantage is the possibility to download rooftops hold the key to the car. This allows you to have the whole show moves pretty eyes had the time to come Cascade.

Currently you can choose from single-layer or three-layer design of the roof. Black vinegar or shade fabrics can be combined as desired with one of the ten paintwork. Who wait may have a roof and beige.

The interior

Once behind the wheel suddenly begin to recognize familiar elements from other models. Nothing unusual, makes it so each automaker. Cascada tested was equipped with everything you may interested in versatile convertible need. There is soft materials , contrasting stitching, and of course quality workmanship. The seats are heated and ventilated, keeps the heat is available for the steering wheel. Praise worthy new sports seats upholstered in Nappa leather. They Ergonomic AGR and Electronic System EasyEntry , which makes the entry to the rear seats is facilitated as much as possible. Once inside forward the electronic feeder eject seat belt more comfortable to reach, which was not only the prerogative of convertibles premium brands.

While in the two-seat roadsters, the interior does not deal too much, convertibles should be able to transport four passengers and freight necessary. Opel Cascada meets these requirements. With a long wheelbase actually fit a pair of passengers on the back seat, when stretched to the roof but on a long trip can not see. After the composition of the luggage compartment but suddenly forget that you ever had pushed his head.

The luggage compartment is not convertible at the main criterion. One from Cascade, however, deserves a whole paragraph. Base volume 350 l delight, 280 liters after folding roof so are. Cascada but can also be practical. We have namely electrically foldable rear seat backs FlexFold 50/50, to give a large die for transporting long loads. Behind the seat is also conveniently storing wind deflector. Convertible ride on skis anymore because it may not be a taboo.

Engine, chassis

For the new Opel Cascada is available on the Czech market, a wide variety of powertrains. The base consists of ignition čtrnáctistovka Turbo power 88 and 103 kW . Both versions come with six-speed manual gearbox. To smell gasoline may reach for one of the two-liter diesel CDTI BiTurbo CDTI and on the performance of 121 kW or 140 kW. The two diesel engines are basically connected with the six-speed manual transmission, the weaker of them can have a six-speed automatic.

A separate chapter is the engine of the test vehicle. This is the first airplane of a fleet of new power units that eventually appear in the new Opel. Petrol přímovstřiková šestnáctistovka SIDI Turbo ECOTEC has an output of 125 kW , which is available in a range from 1650 to 3200 rev / min. Peak torque using the overboost to 280 Nm. Opel presents combined consumption of 6.3 l / 100 km, which is more than liter engine manages < strong> THP 155 PSA . But it is necessary to take into account the higher weight cabriolet .

The test car I had available six-speed manual gearbox. It has a pleasantly long and accurate track and the character of the unit fits perfectly. Opel, however, this engine also offers a six-speed automatic. The new cabinet with low mechanical loss has a function Active Select the option for manual shifting .

First ride

The first kilometers at the wheel of an Opel Cascada I graduated near Popoviček the east of Prague. Carefully constructed itinerary driving time I left the party and went to find out how you will Cascada on winding roads with poor surface. Each convertible because due to absence of the roof portion loses the torsional rigidity, which results in unpleasant twisting the body. Opel address the situation and recalled the Cascade range of new reinforcements skeleton. Vyskopevnostní steel beams found not only on the chassis, but also in the trunk, which functions as a spacer bars. The result is 43% more torque and 10% more flexural stiffness compared to the Astra TwinTop.

How it all shows on the road? Very good. Cascada is not a test engine 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC ripper is no asphalt and downright does not encourage overly sporty handling. Twisting the body has been kept to a minimum , and if you still let encourage more aggressive driving style, you will not be disappointed. Opel Cascada is because standard equipped with a sophisticated front axle HiPerStrut , which was developed for the Insignia OPC. Compared to other models, therefore, improved handling in corners, which is in connection with the wind in your hair real experience. The car can also be equipped with adaptive chassis FlexRide , which adjusts the suspension characteristics depending on the driving conditions. But about that next time.

Conclusion

Opel Cascada me after the first few kilometers behind the wheel pleasantly surprised. Convertible middle class with comfortable controls on it to know the great progress driving performance and torsional rigidity and what’s more – not worth much exaggerated. Opel had raised an interesting pricing policy, which is based on a single trim level Cosmo. For Cascade with 1.4 Turbo 88 kW pay 599,990 Crowns test šestnáctistovka SIDI Turbo ECOTEC starts on an amount of 671,900 crowns .

In the standard you get 18 “alloy wheels, audio with MP3 and seven speakers, a leather sports steering wheel, central locking with remote control, electronic parking brake and a lot more. It is an offer that could deflate customers not only mainstream, but also premium brands. Similarly, cut from the workshop convertible Mercedes, Audi or BMW because under a million can not buy.

The basic price of the car: 599 900, – CZK

The basic price of the test car: 671,900 – CZK

Pros:

– Design

– sweep from low speed

– inner space

– handling

– torsional rigidity of the body

– Rich basic equipment

– attractive base price

Cons:

– squeaking center tunnel

– little space for rear passengers during extended roof

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