Get ready to feel the wind in your hair. The Buick Cascada, the automaker’s first convertible for the U.S. in 25 years, arrives in 2016 with a base price of $33,065.
The base model comes fully loaded with electro-hydraulic power roof that lowers in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The roof is also acoustically and thermally insulated to help insure that the cabin is both quiet and comfortable when the roof is up. It offers a four seat configuration and a convenient 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 with it down. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, remote start, a rear vision camera, and Rear Park Assist.
For the driver who wants it all, a Premium model starts at $36,065. For three grand more, it adds a bucket load of pro-active safety technology including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Front Park Assist. It also adds automatic headlamps with tunnel detection, rainsense automatic wipers, and 20-inch wheels with a diamond graphic and bi-color finish.
The convertible features Buick’s signature look with a sloping hood, high waistline, and drawn back lines. The front features standard LED daytime running lights paired to LED taillamps. Beneath the hood, it carries a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbo engine that’s good for 200-horses and paired to six-speed automatic transmission.
“Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience. With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick.
In terms of safety, the Cascada features a specially designed reinforced structure with a pop-up bar system that protects passengers in the case of a rollover. The automaker says that their roll bar system is lighter and more agile than any other. It uses a spring-loaded design that is pyrotechnically activated and linked to the airbag system, which allows the bars to deploy lightning fast if the system even begins to detect a potential roll. Once deployed, the bars reach 14 inches to match the height of the windshield for added safety. Safety is also found with the underbelly getting special X-braces, V-braces, and other brackets for rigidity.
Buick notes the Audi A3 Cabriolet as the Cascada’s main competition. It starts at $36,600.
Look for the Cascada to arrive in dealerships early next year.