2016 Buick Cascada first view

Buick’s decision to offer a version of the Vauxhall / Opel Cascada convertible comes as no surprise. After all, the brand has been pursuing the very sensible strategy of adopting products from GM’s European division for a while now.

Things are being done a little differently this time, though. As part of their journey across the Atlantic, the Verano (née Astra), Regal (Insignia) and Encore (Mokka) gained some styling tweaks, unique powertrains and new nameplates. Not so with the Cascada.

Buick Cascada (2016) Front Side

As well as keeping the Cascada designation, the Buick model’s looks are unchanged. Even comparatively simple elements like the grille and bumpers remain unaltered.

The engine too is carried over, but that’s no drawback. It’s a 1.6 litre, four-cylinder, direct-injection, turbocharged petrol unit which develops 200 bhp (149 kW / 202 PS) with up to 300 Nm (221 lb/ft) of torque on overboost.

There’s just one transmission available - a six-speed automatic - and the front-wheel drive Cascada is equipped with the torque steer-reducing HiPer Strut front suspension set-up.

A key piece of specification for any cabriolet is its roof. Standard on this four-seat Buick is an electro-hydraulic power-folding fabric item that can be lowered in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h).

Sales are due to begin in early 2016.

Buick Cascada (2016) InteriorBuick Cascada (2016) Rear Side

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