New Buick Convertible to Be Called Buick Velite?

It’s been rumored for a while that the U.S.-spec convertible based on the Opel Cascada might be released soon. This won’t be the first time General Motors released a U.S.-spec version of the European Opel brand under the Buick name. Although it isn’t known whether there will be a convertible model in the Buick lineup at all, the recent reports said that, if this happens, the automaker could name the American convertible the Buick Velite. Reportedly, they’ve filed for the extension of the Velite trademark. This name was used for the first time when the convertible concept was introduced at the 2004 New York Auto Show. They’ve registered it back in 2011 and they’ve been renewing the registration since. The GM Authority’s report says that this would be the fifth time they’ve extended the application and there are only six extensions available which last for six months each. This news doesn’t indicate that the automaker is going to distribute the convertible in the USA, nor that it’s going to be called exactly like that. However, they probably won’t renew the registration if they had absolutely no plans with the Buick Velite moniker.

Buick Velite to Be Based on Opel Cascada

2013 Opel Cascada

Buick Velite Name

The Buick Velite convertible was introduced back at 2004 just as a mere concept without serious production plans. Having a really attractive exterior thanks to the distinctive Buick’s design language, this car could have a great life on the USA market. However, it was never manufactured as a production version, but its name might be used for the U.S.-spec version of the Opel Cascada convertible. The European counterpart was built on the Delta II platform, the same architecture as the Chevy Cruze and the Buick Verano.

Opel Cascada Convertible

2013 Opel Cascada

Possible Engine Options

It’s questionable how well the Buick convertible would perform on the American market. The latest trends aren’t going in favor of the convertibles, but perhaps the Buick Velite could be a model which was needed to reestablish the convertibles’ honor. The Opel Cascada has numerous engine options in Europe – a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder in 120-hp and 140-hp versions, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel which delivers 165 horsepower. Although it was speculated that the U.S.-spec version of the Cascada convertible could use only one 1.6-liter engine option, if they decide to bring it stateside, it would probably borrow some of the engines from the Verano’s lineup.

Opel Cascada Interior

2013 Opel Cascada

Will They Make Buick Velite Convertible?

Since nothing’s certain, we can’t say that the Buick Velite will be released. We can’t even claim that GM will release a Buick convertible at all, but we know that it would be a worthy addition which will bring vivacity and style to the current Buick range.

Photos: Opel

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