There aren’t that many convertibles on the current US market and most of those who exist are usually quite expensive. However, Buick is going to change that with the 2017 Buick Cascada, a car which was unveiled this year at the Detroit Motor Show back in January. Unlike most other cars in their roster, the Cascada is going to be virtually identical to the Opel counterpart and for the first time ever, Buick is not going to use their usual grille, but rather a new design, which is set to make it a bit more unique than the usual offerings out there.
Release Date and Price
While it will be related to the Verano, it will not share all the parts with it, as you would think. The 2017 Buick Cascada is going to receive a new engine, a different running gear as well as a slightly different interior that we’ll talk a bit later. The actual release date for the cabriolet, when it’s going to be available in showrooms is set for the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016, while its base price is likely to start at about 30,000 dollars (estimated value), making it the cheapest four-seat convertible out there.
Just as we previously said, the car is going to get a new running gear. This will use a suspension system that has active shock absorbers as well as stiffer springs in order to give it a sharper feel when driving. However, as you would expect, this would make it slightly less comfortable than the Verano but that’s okay considering it is a sports car at its core.
Interior and Exterior Design
On the interior it will take the same dashboard as that found in the Astra Coupe which is quite a bit different that what the Verano has. Buick made this choice because they sell the 2017 Buick Cascada as a completely new model, which only makes sense when you look at the engines, as well as the front end of the car. The seats on the other hand are going to be similar to those found in the Verano, so they will feature softer cushions and an integrated ventilation system. The standard equipment will include a satellite navigation unit, an electric soft-top which is starting to become very rare in the present, and a dual zone automatic climate control system.
The exterior will borrow elements both from the Astra and also the Verano. In the front the new 2017 Buick Cascada will be identical to the European model with the exception of the grille, while at the back the design will be inspired by that of the Verano with the same layout and the same exhaust system. The wheels offered as standard are 18-inche alloys, while a set of 19-inch wheels will be available on the top end model.
2017 Buick Cascada Engine, Specs
Engine wise, the convertible is going to be offered with two different engines at first, with a possible hybrid coming up later on. The base engine is going to be a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 which is good for at least 200 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. That’s about 149 kW and 280 Nm. This is the first time GM used this power unit in the US market and we couldn’t be happier that they finally did it. This is more powerful than the old 2.4-liter engine, it offers a much better fuel economy and it also has more torque from really low down the rev range. The option will come in the form of a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 delivering 250 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of twist, which is more powerful but offers a 10% worse fuel consumption. Both of these engines will only be available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive, so the omission of the all-wheel drive system is a pity, but it is understandable.
Some additional photos of the 2017 Buick Cascada can be seen in the following gallery.
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