Buick has something exciting going on for them, and it’s the arrival of their first-ever convertible in America since the Reatta of the 1990s.
And while unfortunately, it isn’t one that stretches the size of a presidential family’s estate, like an old 1975 Electra, it’s actually a popular selling Opel Cascada rebadged and slightly reworked as a Buick.
It was revealed for US shores at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of this year and now, America’s oldest active automaker announced the starting price of just $33,990, which is low enough to potentially give Audi’s A3 Cabriolet a run for the money.
Being a Buick, it’ll come festooned a long list of standard features, or options boxes that you’ll often otherwise have to check on the A3’s online configurator, driving up the price of Ingolstadt’s entry-level droptop.
The Cascada comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-view camera, a seven-inch infotainment system display, LED lights at both ends and remote start. The roof is also clever, being able to complete its function in a matter of 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph. There’s also standard heated front seats and massive 20-inch alloys to complete the look.
Power is supplied by GM’s latest 1.6L turbocharged four, offering up 200hp and 206 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic. Nail the throttle, and an overboost function serves up 221 lb-ft for a short period of time.
For the press release, scroll down below.
Buick Cascada Priced at $33,990
Well-equipped convertible offers high levels of standard content, technology
DETROIT – The top-down driving experience of the 2016 Cascada – Buick’s first convertible offered in the United States in 25 years – is priced at $33,990.
When it goes on sale early next year, the Cascada will offer more standard content, a more powerful standard engine and a lower starting price than the Audi A3 Cabriolet.
“Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it.”
The 2016 Cascada – designed from the ground up as a convertible – comes well-equipped in a 2+2 configuration, with room for four adults. Performance is rooted in a 200-horsepower (149 kW) turbo engine, backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, with Buick’s sophisticated HiPer Strut front suspension and a Watts Z-link rear suspension standard.
Additional standard features:
- Acoustically and thermally insulated electro-hydraulic power roof that lowers in only 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph
- High-intensity discharge, articulating headlamps and front LED daytime running lamps; and LED taillamps
- Automated, spring-loaded and pyrotechnically activated rollover bars behind the rear seat that are linked to the air bag system
- IntelliLink system with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
- Navigation radio and seven-speaker premium audio system
- Rear Vision camera
- Remote start
- Dual-zone climate control
- Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
- Heat-reflective leather-appointed seating
- Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments
- Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel
- Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bi-color finish
- Electric power steering
- Rear Park Assist
A Cascada Premium model, priced at $36,990, adds:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Departure Warning
- Automatic headlamp control with tunnel detection
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Rainsense automatic windshield wipers
- Twenty-inch wheels with “diamond graphic” bi-color finish
- Front and rear air deflectors.
The Cascada also offers plenty of storage space, including 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet with the top down, as well as a 22.4-inch x 12.6-inch (320 mm x 570 mm) pass-through from the trunk to the passenger compartment. When the 50/50-split rear seat is folded, longer items such as skis and wakeboards can be stowed inside.
2016 Buick Cascada 2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet Starting price $33,990 (incl. DFC) $37,525 (incl. DFC) Standard engine 1.6L Turbo – 200 HP 1.8L Turbo – 170 HP Standard transmission six-speed automatic six-speed automatic (dual-clutch) Standard wheels 20-inch aluminum 17-inch aluminum Front suspension HiPer Strut MacPherson strut Rear suspension compound crank with Z-link four-link Convertible top lowers up to 31 mph lowers up to 31 mph Leather seating standard standard Heated front seats standard available Seat adjusters eight-way power eight-way manual with four-way power lumbar Heated steering wheel standard not available Dual-zone climate control standard standard Rear-view camera system standard standard IntelliLink infotainment standard not available Navigation radio system standard available Forward Collision Alert available not available Lane Departure Warning available not available Front and Rear Park Assist available standard
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– By: Chris Chin