Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Spied: 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Convertible
These are the first pictures of Vauxhall's new Astra-based convertible, spied almost undisguised in Germany.
The new drop-top is a four-seater that will effectively replace the old Astra TwinTop sitting at the top of the new Astra range. As you can see, iits lengthened body suggests that this version will be much more spacious than the old TwinTop, with room in the back for two adults with decent boot space.
The pronouced rear overhang also suggests that this new model will continue to use an electrically operated folding metal roof, rather than a canvas hood. Like the old TwinTop, it will feature a two-part roof.
The model was only recently green lit for production by Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly, but as this picture proves, the company has been working hard behind closed doors for many months. As you can see, it features many cues from the Astra GTC, with similar tailights, while that plastic covering hides bold slashes in the bodywork. The firm's 'eagle-eye' headlights with optional LEDs appear at the front.
Expected to be a sporty model, it'll use some of the chassis mods from the Astra GTC too, with a ride height around 15mm lower than the five-door Astra’s with wider tracks and a slightly longer wheelbase. Engines will be carried over from the Astra line-up with turbocharged petrols and diesels.
Talking to Auto Express at the Geneva Motor Show, Nick Reilly referred to the new drop-top: “A number of models were put on hold as a result of the recession – the Astra GTC three-door coupé was delayed, for instance. But we will build a new convertible that will provide a ‘halo’ effect for the range.”
He continued: “It is two years away from launch, and will be a separate model. It will share some Astra components, but it will not be called Astra – in fact, we may use a name from our past. It will sit above the GTC.” Asked about the name, Reilly said: “Calibra is possible, as well as Manta." For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express