Opel has named its new four-seat convertible Cascada - and before you ask, it's the Spanish word for a waterfall, intended to convey “a rhythmic, dynamic and flowing elegance” - and it ends in the letter “a” which is an Opel tradition.

Accompanying the announcement is just one picture - the composite teaser shot you see at the top of this article.

Based on the latest Astra platform, the Cascada is 4.7 metres long, giving it nicely balanced proportions and a sweeping roofline.

In that sense it has more in common with the Kapitan and Rekord convertibles of the 1950s and '60s than the cheeky little Tigra, and it's being aimed at customers with refined tastes and high expectations, says Opel.

ELEGANT SILHOUETTE

The fabric roof extends all the way from the top of the A pillar to the edge of a very short rear deck, giving it an elegant silhouette with the roof up or down - and allowing the roof to be raised or lowered at the press of a button at up to 50km/h.

Contrary to widespread speculation, the new Cascada it will not be displayed at the Paris Motor Show, where pride of place is reserved for the Adam city car.

Opel hasn't released any drivetrain details, although we expect they will be similar to those of top-of-the-range Astra models. Expect more details closer to the car's world launch early in the new year.

Sadly, the Cascada is not at present under consideration for the South African market.