And that's not at all a bad thing.
Only a few days ago we got wind that this was, more or less, official. And now Buick has confirmed exactly that. You're looking at the new 2016 Buick Cascada, the first Buick convertible in quite some time. 25 years to be exact. As we reported earlier, this is pretty much a rebadged Opel Cascada, but that's not at all a bad thing. Set to go on sale in early 2016 and making its debut this week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the Buick Cascada features a 2+2 seating configuration with enough room for four adults.
Power comes courtesy from (also as predicted) a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 200 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. It features direct injection and variable valve timing, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Other notable features will include a seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen featuring Text Message Alerts, Siri Eyes Free for Apple phones and OnStar 4G LTE with built-in WiFi. Another nifty thing is an electronic rear-seat entry system that automatically powers the front seats forwards by pressing the seatback forward. There's also an electronic seat belt that uses telescopic arms to slide the upper front belt assemblies from behind the front seat to make it easier to buckle up.
The rear deck lid opens rearward to accommodate the electro-hydraulic, multilayer folding hardtop. There are also rollover protection bars that deploy behind the rear seats, which also fold down electronically to expand cargo space. Pricing wasn't announced and more details are expected from Detroit this week.