Buick is not a heavyweight in car makers’ terms or the one who sell more units per year, but they are looking to re-enter in the market as a great alternative. After 25 years without a convertible car in North America, Buick is trying to increase its repertory. The 2016 Cascada is going to be on sale in early 2016, with two variants the Cascada 1SV and the Cascada Premium.
The 2016 Cascada is basically the same car as the Verano sedan made by Opel in Europe since 2013. Offering a 1.6 L turbocharged, a fun-to-drive platform and a fast, retractable fabric soft top capable of retracting in just 17 seconds and in a maximum speed of 31 mph, are some the highlights features of this car.
Let’s go deep on it.
Performance and Drivetrain
The turbo 1.6 L 4-cylinder engine is delivering 200 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque or 221 lb-ft on overboots. It sound a little bit loose and probably for some it is. The Opel that has identical specs can deliver up to 197 bhp at 5500 RPM and launch you standstill to 60 mpg in 8.9 sec with a top speed of 146 mph (we can expect something similar in the 2016 Cascada).
Equipped with 4-wheel antilock disc brakes and 6-speed automatic transmission, the front-wheel drive convertible with Sport tuned suspension is fun and feels agile, waiting for us. The front suspension is conditioned by HiPer Strut and the rear by Compound Crank.
Design and Line
The 2016 Cascada has a sibling in Europe from different parents (Opel) and it is undeniable, but the 2016 Cascada and the Verano have their own body panels, which delivers a smooth, agile and fun car to drive either the purpose is to enjoy a relaxing ride with the open roof or just enjoy the journey indoors.
The compact, friendly silhouette with nice chrome accents and 20-inch aluminum wheels creates a nice car presence. Features like leather 8-way power-adjustable seats, electronic safety belts, and dual zone climate controls, add comfort and it’s included in this vehicle.
Interior shows advanced technologies as OnStar 4G LTE, with Wi-Fi hotspot, remote vehicle starter, and rear vision camera, decreasing the rate of accidents and making you feel comfortable. Buick IntelliLink with a 7-inch diagonal touchscreen is there and with the today’s trend of Bluetooth, hands-free and navigation. Audio system is delivered by a premium 7-speaker setup, which is in charge powering the entertainment system in the 2016 Cascada.
LED technology is used both for headlights and taillights. The rear end is simple and sharp. Forward collision alert is also found in this car, with parking assist. The back seats look spacious enough for adults and can fold down to expand the trunk space. Trunk space count with 13.4 cu ft with the top up and 9.8 with the top down.
The 2016 Cascada 1SV and Cascada Premium are almost identical, at least in performance. You can notice the difference just in technology features and details. Even in aesthetic aspect, they are 98% identical.
The Bottom Line
Buick has done after 25 years in the market a convertible. A really risky bet to ensure a spot in the segment. Theoretically, the 2016 Cascada looks awesome.
Let’s see the numbers at the end of this year when the car start to sale, packed with (probably the only thing that looks floppy about this car) the performance, a really spacious and flexible trunk (really good for a convertible), and technology features, making this convertible probably well deserve to try.
The start price for the Cascada 1SV model is US$33.065 and US$ 36.065 for the Premium trim.