Buick unveiled the 2016 Cascada convertible yesterday at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. For better or worse, it’s a rebadged Opel of the same name, propelled by a 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine.
The Cascada’s thunder was somewhat stolen by the reveal of the gorgeous Buick Avenir concept. But that hasn’t stopped our own staff from remaining divided on the car: on the one hand, it is a Opel model based on the very dated Delta platform that has been on sale in Europe for months; on the other, the engine isn’t anemic — especially in terms of volume-specific power output — and the Cascada is (for now) the only avenue by which to get it. It’s also a well-trimmed convertible that has a certain aura of cuteness and appeal around it. But ultimately, the Buick Cascada need only sell well enough to offset the production slump of GM-Opel’s plant in Gliwice, Poland.
So, in case you missed the big moment of the Cascada’s reveal, or you just wanted to see the unveiling for yourself, here is the recording just as it occurred a day ago.