It took them a while, but GM finally brought the hit car of their European branch, Opel Cascada, to America in form of the 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible. Unveiled at the opening night of NAIAS Detroit Motor Show, the Casca combines premium design, features and technologies with the joy of alfresco motoring.
On the outside not much has changed over the Opel version. Buick Cascada Convertible is a rather good-looking 2+2 convertible with a soft-top that opens in 17 seconds at up to 31 mph. Most of what you get underneath has been seen before as well, including the HiPer Strut front suspension and responsive Watts Z-link suspension in the rear, and the 200-horsepower (149 kW) turbocharged engine.
Still, it’s not like Buick has done nothing at all to the car. They have fitted the Casca with their, or rather GM’s, sophisticated OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot along with IntelliLink infotainment featuring a 7-inch color display and advanced connectivity features such as Siri integration. There is also an electronic rear-seat entry system automatically powers the front seats forward – how American is that! – and a host of advanced safety features, such as rollover bars, Lane departure warning, rear park assist, rearview camera and Rainsense windshield wipers.
The 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible is a show car for now, but GM has already confirmed they will put it on sale in the U.S. early next year. That’s good news, except for the fact that by then the Cascada will be kind of out of date.