2016 Buick Cascada Features: Affordable Luxury Convertible
The long-awaited Buick convertible has been introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Perhaps the Buick Avenir attracted more attention, but the new 2016 Buick Cascada is what reestablished the brand as one of the convertible makers.
After 25 long years, there’s a brand new Buick convertible on the American market. The new Buick droptop is based on the Opel Cascada which is also distributed under the Holden and Vauxhall brand names. So, is this just a rebadging job?
2016 Buick Cascada Exterior
Considering the car’s design language, we can say with confidence that the overall body style isn’t something completely fresh. The front fascia is different, of course. Using a distinctive brand’s waterfall grille, General Motors interpreted the open-top’s style in a Buick way. The 2016 Cascada won’t have a range of significant differences from its overseas siblings, but nonetheless, the overall style perfectly adopted the brand’s luxury aura.
The convertible comes with LED headlights and taillights that contribute to the recognizable appearance. There are also wing-shape LED daytime running lights.
The 2016 Cascada sits atop of standard 20-inch wheels. With wheelbase that’s 106.1 inches long, the convertible looks sporty and agile. The convertible’s overall length is 184.9 inches, overall width 72.4 inches and overall height 56.8 inches. Both front and rear track are 62.5 inches wide.
Its electro-hydraulic multilayer soft top takes 3.6 cu-ft of trunk space, but it can be opened in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. When the top is up, the trunk has 13.4 cu-ft and when the top is down, there’s 9.8 cu-ft of available trunk space.
The 2016 Buick Cascada is coming with a cozy 2+2 layout, comfortable enough for four adults. Equipped for not-so-ideal weather conditions, the convertible comes with heated steering wheel and front seats.
The cabin’s elegance has been achieved using the brand’s interior design with subtle details, such as authentic stitching.
At its center stack, the convertible has a seven-inch IntelliLink display with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that comes with Wi-Fi hotspot.
2016 Buick Cascada Powertrain
Under the hood of the new convertible, GM nested a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower and estimated 206 lb-ft of torque. There’s an overboost feature that increases the estimated torque at 221 lb-ft for a brief period of time.
The four-cylinder mill is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, there will be no all-wheel drive version. The transmission is going to deliver the power to the front wheels only.
The 2016 Buick Cascada is coming with HiPer Strut front suspension, introduced with the LaCrosse and Regal. The HiPer strut improves the handling as well as the Watts Z-link design which improves rear axle centering.
2016 Buick Cascada Price and Release
Perhaps entry-level, perhaps not so Euro-posh, but Buick is, without doubt, a luxury brand. Convertible enthusiasts across the country would be pleased to know that the 2016 Buick Cascada is expected to be affordable and made without odd, extraordinary design adventures – just a good old open-top with a decent price tag. It may sound strange, but this type of convertibles is a dying species.
Since they haven’t announced the pricing yet, we can’t say anything certain at this point, but there are some speculations which say that the 2016 Buick Cascada might start above $25,000.
The 2016 Buick Cascada release date is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.