Buick’s First Convertible in 25 Years

It’s been 25 years, but Buick is finally dropping its top again. The 2016 Cascada will be the company’s first convertible since the 1991 Reatta. The slick-looking 2+2 is a reboot of a model from General Motors’ Opel division that’s already on sale in Europe, but updated for the United States. 

“The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success.”

It’s powered by a small, but potent 200 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, and features 2+2 seating. A soft-top roof design allows it to have a large trunk for a convertible, whether the roof is up or down, and can be opened at speeds up to 31 mph.  The rear seatbacks can also be folded down to create a cargo shelf.

It uses the HiPer Strut suspension design shared with Buick’s sportiest models to improve handling, and has roll bars that pop up behind the rear seat passengers’ heads in the event of a rollover accident.

Technology and safety highlights include:

  • Buick IntelliLink with a seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen featuring Text Message Alerts, Siri Eyes Free for Apple phones with an iOS 6 or newer operating system and navigation
  • OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Electronic rear-seat entry system automatically powers the front seats forward by simply pressing the seatback forward. It moves the seats back when the seatback is returned to the upright position
  • Electric safety belt presenters that use telescopic arms to slide the upper front safety belt assemblies from behind the front seat into closer reach for easier buckling
  • Rollover protection bars that deploy behind the rear seats when the possibility of a rollover is detected
  • Lane departure warning, rear park assist, rearview camera and Rainsense windshield wipers.

Pricing and fuel economy information for the Cascada will be released closer to its release date early next year.

Photo Credit: Buick
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