Buick is reentering the U.S. convertible segment in a big way. After a quarter-century absence, the automaker has announced the all-new 2016 Cascada 2+2 convertible. Powered by a 200 hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the car generates a not-too-shabby 206 lb.-ft. torque with an overboost that can produce up to 221 lb.-ft.
Its standout features, however, are the advance powertrain and chassis. The Cascada’s HiPer Strut front suspension combined with the Watts Z-link suspension in the rear make for one very smooth ride, and the 106.1-inch wheelbase provides for ample rear-seat legroom.
The body structure features steel construction in “strategic areas” and the A-pillars, which contribute to “steering precision, ride quality and quietness – as well as safety,” Buick touted in a news release. The Cascada is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the Cascada accommodates the driver and three passengers with OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, Buick IntelliLink system with a 7-inch touchscreen to display text message alerts, Siri Eyes Free for iPhones and an electronic rear-seat entry system. Safety features include rollover protection bars behind the rear seats.
The Cascada’s exterior is stylized with sleek headlamps and wing-shape LED daytime running lights; LED can also be found in the chrome trim bridges between the wing-shaped taillights.
The Cascada’s insulated soft-top system opens in 17 seconds at up to 31 mph, and when dropped, folds under a tonneau behidn the rear seats to give the car a flowing, “open-air aesthetic” as it rolls on standard 20-inch wheels.
The Cascada will go on sale in early 2016, according to Buick.
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