2016 Buick Cascada

After 25 years, Buick has decided to bring back their open-top
model in the US. The vehicle which is dubbed the 2016 Buick
Cascada was launched at 2015 North American International Auto
Show ending the long wait of a Buick convertible in the US
since the 1990 Reatta. The model sells in other markets as
Opel, Holden and Vauxhall nametags.

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2016 Buick Cascada Exterior

Except for the soft roof, the Cascada 2016 is a typical Buick
coupe. However, the most notable feature on the new car is the
absence of the signature “waterfall’ grille bearing in mind
that the word Cascada is a Spanish name for waterfall. This as
well as its tri-shield emblem is what tell the Buick Cascada
apart from the Australia’s Holden Cascada and the Europe’s Opel
Casacda. The Buick is actually a re-badged Opel model.

The sides have a wedge-like view which is complemented by a
raked A-pillar. The rear features wing-shaped LED taillights
which are connected by a chromed strip. The rear also features
stainless steel exhaust tips.

The car takes only 17 seconds to transform from coupe to
convertible via the touch of a button in speeds of up to 31
mph. The vehicle rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels.

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2016 Buick Cascada Interior

Sliding inside the Cascada’s cabin, one is immediately
confronted by the contrast stitching that is on almost all
surfaces. The Cascada is offered in only 2 trims i.e. the base
and premium trims. The cabin also features soft touch material
finishes which include leather.

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The cabin will accommodate 4 passengers in a 2+2 seating
arrangement. All seats are heated and upholstered in leather
while the front is hooked up with sports bucket seats. The rear
seats can be folded electrically to create extra cargo space
when needed.

The trunk accommodates 13.4 cubic ft of cargo when the seats
are up and 13.4 cubic feet with the seats folded. The rear
seats are accessed via moving the front ones electrically. The
front seat belts can automatically extend forward via
telescopic arms similar to those of the Mercedes-Benz coupes.
The cabriolet also features as standard; a 7-inch touch-screen
integrated with the automaker’s IntelliLink and navigation
system.

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Other features are 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, StabiliTrak
stability and traction control, electronic parking brakes and
an OnStar audio system featuring 4G LTE Wi-Fi among others. The
vehicle’s soft-roof features a multi-layer construction with
thermal and acoustic protection. The rear deck storage lid
features a backward opening to accommodate the roof when it is
lowered.

Engine Specs

The Cascada comes with single drive train which is a
turbocharged 1.6 L, 4-cylinder unit capable of producing 200 hp
and 206 lb-ft of torque. The engine further features an
over-boost function that pushes torque to 221 lb-ft.

The unit is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system
which sends power to the front wheels. To keep things in order,
the vehicles’ front suspension features a macPherson based
HiPer Strut unit while the rear is hooked up with a Watts
Z-link semi-rigid rear suspension.

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Price and release date

This is where things get better for enthusiasts. The Buick
Cascada comes at a very affordable price for a convertible. In
fact, it will be the most affordable convertible in the US when
it arrives in dealer showrooms in January 2016.

The base model will retail at MSRP $33,990 while the Premium
trim will start at $ 36,990. With these prices, the Cascada is
very affordable compared to the German rivals in its class. In
addition, it is even cheaper than convertibles smaller than it
in size such as the Audi A3 despite the fact that it packs more
features than the A3.

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Competitors

Top competitors of the 2016 Buick Cascada will be the BMW
4-Series Convertible and Audi A5 Convertible.

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