2016 Buick Cascada starts at $33,990 in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2015

Buick disclosed that after 25 years, it will be offering its first convertible to the U.S. with the 2016 Cascada. The 2016 Cascada has a price of $33,990 and is expected to go on sale sometime in early 2016. This convertible will have more than the usual standard content and is powered by a more powerful engine.

It will also be less expensive compared to the Audi A3 Cabriolet. According to Duncan Aldred, who is vice president of Buick, the Cascada will expand the lineup of Buick by having a more personal driving experience that’s uniquely fun.

Since it is priced lower compared to its competitors, the Cascada will not only shake up its class but it will also look good while doing it, Aldred adds. Buick’s offering has been designed as a convertible from the start. It has a 2+2 configuration allowing room for at most four adults.

The performance of the 2016 Cascada is founded on the 200-horsepower (about 149 kW) turbo engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Further enhancing the performance are the HiPer Strut front suspension and Watts Z-link rear suspension.

Additional standard features of the 2016 Cascada include: Electro-hydraulic power roof that has been thermally and acoustically insulated and is capable of being lowered in 17 seconds even when it goes as fast as 31 mph; High-intensity discharge, articulating headlamps and front LED daytime running lamps; and LED taillamps; Automated, spring-loaded and pyrotechnically activated rollover bars behind the rear seat that are linked to the air bag system; IntelliLink system with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen; Navigation radio and seven-speaker premium audio system; Rear Vision camera; Remote start; Dual-zone climate control; Front and rear 12-volt power outlets; Heat-reflective leather-appointed seating; Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments; Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel; Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bi-color finish; Electric power steering; Rear Park Assist.

Buick will also offer a Cascada Premium model, priced at $36,990, that comes with these features: Forward Collision Alert; Lane Departure Warning; Automatic headlamp control with tunnel detection; Front and Rear Park Assist; Rainsense automatic windshield wipers; Twenty-inch wheels with “diamond graphic” bi-color finish; and Front and rear air deflectors.

Exterior Design

The exterior has a windswept design that is highlighted further with a sweeping body-side line and the sleek headlamps that manages to flow to the front fenders. Giving it a more unique appearance is the signature wing-shape daytime running light-emitting diode lights.

The chrome trim bridges also have LED lights and placed between the Cascada’s wing-shaped taillights. In order to accommodate the folding soft top, the rear deck lid opens in a rearward direction.

The roof system is run by electro-hydraulic power and has a multilayer construction that includes thermal and acoustic barriers. This results in a convertible that ensures a comfortable ride regardless of the weather conditions.

Aside from the different amazing features, the 2016 Cascada also has a large storage space. The cargo room measures 13.4 cubic feet when the top is opened and 9.8 cubic feet when the top is down.

There is also a pass-through measuring 22.4-inch x 12.6-inch (320 mm x 570 mm), to its passenger compartment from its trunk. Once the rear has been split 50/50 and folded, it becomes possible to stow wakeboards and even skis. Since it was basically designed as a convertible, the 2016 Cascada has a more sculpted and flowing profile.

It also has the fast-raked A-pillars. Once the top folds have been lowered, they fold rather neatly and very completely under the hard tonneau that it is behind the seats at the reel resulting in a more athletic open-air aesthetic.

When interviewed, Buick exterior design director Holt Ware revealed that the overall design manages to mix sophistication with speed without the need to compromise any details. A number of convertibles have been traditionally using existing sedans or coupe as the basis resulting in the stowage of the top merely relegated to being an afterthought.

Buick however does not follow this same principle, Ware asserts. Ware concludes that when the top is lowered, the Cascada gets a more handsome look and a more premium appearance while it displays a seamless and perfect profile once the top is up.

Interior Design

The interior mirrors the Buick’s renaissance with a cabin that has been equipped better and come with more trimmings. Its steering wheel and front seats are both heated thus continuing to offer the needed comfort even in cold conditions.

Meanwhile the instrumental panel has been covered with a soft-touch material that showcases authentic stitching.

Due to the 13.4 cubic feet (380 liters) of space for the cargo once the top is up and 9.8 cubic feet (280 liters) when the top is down, there is enough storage for that weekend getaway.

Finally, the rear seatbacks can be folded down electronically expanding the cargo even further and allowing for even longer items to be stored.

The Cascada has a lot of storage space perfect for a weekend trip, including 13.4 cubic feet (380 liters) of cargo room when the top is up and 9.8 cubic feet (280 liters) when the top is down. The rear seatbacks can be folded down electronically to increase space for longer items.

Press Release

BUICK CASCADA PRICED AT $33,990

The top-down driving experience of the 2016 Cascada – Buick’s first convertible offered in the United States in 25 years – is priced at $33,990.

When it goes on sale early next year, the Cascada will offer more standard content, a more powerful standard engine and a lower starting price than the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

“Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it.”

The 2016 Cascada – designed from the ground up as a convertible – comes well-equipped in a 2+2 configuration, with room for four adults. Performance is rooted in a 200-horsepower (149 kW) turbo engine, backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, with Buick’s sophisticated HiPer Strut front suspension and a Watts Z-link rear suspension standard.

Additional standard features:

  • Acoustically and thermally insulated electro-hydraulic power roof that lowers in only 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph
  • High-intensity discharge, articulating headlamps and front LED daytime running lamps; and LED taillamps
  • Automated, spring-loaded and pyrotechnically activated rollover bars behind the rear seat that are linked to the air bag system
  • IntelliLink system with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
  • Navigation radio and seven-speaker premium audio system
  • Rear Vision camera
  • Remote start
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Heat-reflective leather-appointed seating
  • Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments
  • Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel
  • Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bi-color finish
  • Electric power steering
  • Rear Park Assist

A Cascada Premium model, priced at $36,990, adds:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic headlamp control with tunnel detection
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rainsense automatic windshield wipers
  • Twenty-inch wheels with “diamond graphic” bi-color finish
  • Front and rear air deflectors.

The Cascada also offers plenty of storage space, including 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet with the top down, as well as a 22.4-inch x 12.6-inch (320 mm x 570 mm) pass-through from the trunk to the passenger compartment. When the 50/50-split rear seat is folded, longer items such as skis and wakeboards can be stowed inside.

 

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