In cooperation with Opel, Buick brand plans to introduce a new, convertible coupe to its lineup. 2016 Buick Cascada will be their first soft top model since Reatta which was discontinued a long time ago, in 1991. Cascada nameplate already features under its original Opel badge in European mainland, together with Vauxhall and Holden badges in U.K. and Australia respectively.
2016 Buick Cascada Review
American version of mid-size, 2-door convertible will be powered with both potent and fuel-efficient 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It generates 200 horsepower and 206 pound feet of torque, but also has the optional overboost mode which makes additional 15 lb-ft of torque. This isn’t a sports car and thus offers front axle drive which is enabled thanks to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Like its overseas counterparts, 2016 Buick Cascada looks petite and elegant. However, there’s a lot more room in it than one would think of judging by the first look. It has a neat trapezoidal grille, not really Buick-like, but more in tune with European models.
Headlights are also incorporated from Opel’s own model, and so is the rear end. In fact, apart from Buick’s badge, there’s nothing distinctive to it. Whether it’s the lack of time or Buick wanted to do it that way, Cascada remains intact for now.
As already mentioned, mid-size convertible can be spacious and easily finds the room for four. Rear seats can be folded to serve as a trunk which make this convertible more versatile than most of its competitors. Cabin is neat and tidy, just like one would expect it to be.
There’s nothing special to it apart from leather upholstery and dash covers, and metallic accents in top grade. Otherwise, 2016 Buick Cascada is a functional, affordable car which packs Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity among other features. 7-inch touch screen display is tucked away between couple of airvents and is surrounded by controls.
Through it, one can utilize optional navigation and most of car’s safety systems. Speaking of safety, Cascada offers all mandatory options like an airbag system, stability and traction controls, and anti-lock brakes, together with advanced technologies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and rear parking assist.
Thanks to its economical powertrain, 2016 Buick Cascada will become one of the most fuel-efficient convertibles in the U.S. market from the get-go. Neither actual figures nor estimates aren’t out yet, but we wouldn’t bet against it reaching low thirties mpg combined. Price tag is also undisclosed at this point, but Cascada should be more affordable than aforementioned Reatta used to be.
2016 Buick Cascada Price
2016 Buick Cascada Price – Although some expect it to be offered for the same $35,000 price tag for which Reatta was offered 25 years ago, Cascada could be slightly cheaper than that.
2016 Buick Cascada is a fine addition to the American luxury manufacturers’ lineup. It is imported from Europe in its entirety, and for now, doesn’t offer any distinctive details of Buick’s brand. However, things might change in the future when Cascada could adopt waterfall grille and other Buick’s trademark lines.