This is it folks, the 2016 Buick Cascada became official as 2015 North American International Auto Show (NASIAS) opened its doors. As you may know already, this is not a brand new model as the Cascada is just a rebadged version of the Opel Cascada, which was unveiled back in October 2012.
General Motors will offer the 2016 Buick Cascada exclusively with a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine developing 200 hp (149 kW) and 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque, while with an overboost feature the torque is pushed to 221 lb-ft (300 Nm). The engine is offered as standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Regarding its looks, the Buick Cascada features a windswept exterior design accentuated by the sweeping body-side line and stylish headlamps, Buick’s signature wing-shaped light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lights. Also standard are the 20-inch wheels, hiding the four-wheel antilock disc brakes. The rear deck lid opens rearward in order to accommodate the folding softtop, which can be lowered in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.
With the top down, the cargo room offered by the Cascada is 9.8 cubic feet (280 liters), while with the top up it offers 13.4 cubic feet (380 liters). The interior offers an instrument panel wrapped with soft-touch materials, heated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel.
The Buick IntelliLink features a 7-inch colour touchscreen which offers Text Message Alerts, Siri Eyes Free for Apple smartphones with an iOS 6 or newer operating system and navigation and Onstar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
Moreover, the electronic rear-seat entry system automatically powers the front seats forward by simply pressing the seatback forward and moves the seat back when the seatback is returned to the upright position. The rollover protection bars deploy behind the rear seats when a possibility of a rollover is detected, while the lane departure warning, rear park assist, rearview camera and Rainsense windshield wipers make sure they keep you safe.
“The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success.” [source: GM]