2016 Buick Cascada Convertible Release Date and Review

It has been confirmed that the 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible is going to hit U.S. market in 2015. The car itself is actually an Opel Cascada rebadged as a Buick, even Buick has registered the Cascada name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. With the upcoming Cascada, U.S. buyers will have one more convertible options to consider with much cheaper price compared to available premium convertible cars.

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According to GM Inside News, Buick showed off the Cascada to US dealers last week, with renewed word that the company plans to bring it over from Europe for the 2016 model year. The US version will reportedly be practically identical to its German cousin in terms of styling, but the powertrain underneath is less certain.

The upcoming Buick model was shown at a business meeting in suburban Detroit in mid-August, according to two people who attended cited by Automotive News. So what did they see? Nothing surprising: the sources said the two-door, four-seat Buick with a folding soft-top roof looked nearly identical to the Opel version, except the badging.

 

The Cascada rides on GM’s Delta II platform, which also underpins the Verano, and the latest rumor certainly provides even more evidence that the convertible is probably on the way. Speculation about the droptop started when GM CEO Dan Akerson said last year that the car was on his wish list to bring over. Then, the US trademark on the name was reserved earlier this year, and the release was speculated for sometime in early 2016.

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The future Buick is expected to be assembled by Opel in Poland and exported to the United States. GM also markets Cascada convertibles under the Vauxhall and Holden brands, GM subsidiaries.

This is not the first Opel model to be shared with Buick. The Regal was engineered and styled by Opel; Opel’s model is called the Insignia. Opel and Buick also share a subcompact crossover SUV. Buick’s model is the Encore, while Opel/Vauxhall market the Mokka, and Holden has the Trax.

Exterior

Much like the Buick Encore , which is a rebranded Opel Mokka, the Cascada will look nearly identical to its European brother. Aside from Buick badges and minor tweaks here and there, the U.S.-spec Cascada will only receive the company’s trademark waterfall grille.

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Powertrain

The US model’s engine lineup is not clear either. In Europe, the Opel Cascada is offered with a 138hp 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine, a 1.6-liter turbo petrol available with either 168hp or 197hp and a 2.0-liter diesel available in two states of tune – 163hp and 192hp. GM didn’t comment on the report.

When Autoblog reached out to Buick for comment, company spokesperson Nick Richards gave us the predictable corporate line, “We don’t comment on speculation or rumors.” Still, when we drove the Cascada back in 2013 in Germany at GM’s invitation, we thought it would be a good fit for US roads. It sounds like the convertible might not be too far from actually driving on them.

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Release Date and Price

The 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible is set to arrive in U.S. market in 2015 as 2016 model year. Buick remains silent about its pricing, pricing should be available as the unveiling approaches. Stay tuned for future updates.

One Response to 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible Release Date and Review

  1. ronald powell says:

    I would like to have one now as my lease starts to run out is this going to be available in 2015

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