Buick is adding a dose of fun to its lineup with the 2016 Cascada convertible. Yes, you probably have heard the name before, and you may even be familiar with the vehicle itself. This is because the 2016 Buick Cascada is pretty much the Buick Excelle/Buick Verano/Opel Astra-based Opel Cascada sold in Europe. And it not only represents the first Buick convertible in 25 years, but it also debuts the potent 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in America that Europe has been enjoying for the past year or so.
This means the 2016 Buick Cascada sends its 200 horsepower and 206 foot-pounds (221 ft-lbs) via a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels, which feature a HiPer Strut front suspension system, complimented by a Watts Z-Link rear suspension. This should provide an entertaining driving experience, top up or down. The roof is a canvas top, which can lower in 17 seconds with speeds of up to 31 mph. Buick assures the 2016 Cascada canvas roof features superior thermal and acoustic insulation than what people may be used to.
In the sense of practicality, the 2016 Buick Cascada offers up 13.4 cubic feet (380 liters) of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet (280 liters) with the top down. Creature comforts are served with the familiar and well-received Buick IntelliLink with a seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen featuring Text Message Alerts, Siri Eyes Free for Apple phones with the iOS 6 or newer operating system, and a navigation system. Then there’s the ubiquitous OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, and a plethora of safety features. No talk on pricing yet, but look for more on that when the car goes on sale in early 2016… a whole year from now.