After taking a quarter-century break from producing convertibles, Buick is making its return to the drop-top world with its all-new 2016 Buick Cascada. It is being created exclusively as a convertible and the automaker is giving out some details about its safety aspects as well as how it’s hoping to keep it quiet in the cabin.
Safety first though, and to that end Buick is highlighting the Cascada’s reinforced structure which includes a pop-up bar system that will protect passengers in the case of a rollover. Buick claims its special roll bar apparatus is lighter and more agile than other systems. It’s spring-loaded, pyrotechnically activated, and linked to the air bag system, which basically means that when the system even begins to detect a potential roll the bars are deployed uber fast. The bars rocket out to 14 inches to match the height of the windshield for added safety as well.
The body structure of the Cascada is also designed to be super rigid to add to safety and performance. The underbelly will feature special X-braces, V-braces, and other brackets to contribute to the rigidity.
The topless Buick is also coming with modern pro-active safety technology features such as Lane Departure Warning, Rear Park Assist that includes a rearview camera, and Rainsense windshield wipers. Oh, and by the way, the retracting roof is stored beneath a hard tonneau cover.
“Intelligent design is a hallmark of Buick’s renaissance and the all-new Cascada advances that legacy with seamless integration of great convertible design and safety. It’s a design that fosters the Cascada’s clean, uninterrupted lines while helping enable confident, top-down driving enjoyment,” says Holt Ware, Buick exterior design director.“There are no design compromises with the Cascada. The structural elements enhance the driving experience, not intrude on it.”
Outside, the Cascada looks like a Buick with a sloping hood and elegantly drawn back lines. Under that hood it packs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 200-horses.
Meanwhile, the interior is really about keeping things quiet, well, as quiet as you can in a convertible. It receives special acoustic layers and thermal insulation designed to provide a quiet cabin whether the roof is up or down.
The Cascada will hit showrooms in the beginning of 2016.