- The stylish 2016 Buick Cascada convertible goes on sale here in late 2015 or early 2016, Edmunds has learned.
- The four-seat model is essentially a rebadged, front-drive Opel Cascada.
- Buick dealers viewed the car earlier this month in Detroit.
The 2016 Buick Cascada is expected to land in dealer showrooms late next year or in early 2016, Edmunds has learned.
Buick dealers were given a brief preview during a meeting earlier this month in Detroit.
"They confiscated our cell phones prior to the event so we were unable to snap photos," one dealer who asked for anonymity told Edmunds. "The car is beautiful. This is something we've needed for a long time in our lineup."
To the surprise of dealers, without fanfare, the car unexpectedly appeared from behind a curtain and was driven to a turntable, where it was spun around three times. Then it was quickly driven away and hidden behind the curtain. The top was up and dark tinted glass prevented dealers from seeing the interior, he said. No information was provided about availability or pricing. However, auto industry analysts point to late 2015 or early 2016 for the car's debut.
Although it was recently spotted in Death Valley, California testing with other Buick models, Buick remains mum about the Cascada. Asked about the Detroit unveiling, Buick spokesman Nick Richards told Edmunds the automaker does not comment about future products.
Speaking last year without formally saying the car was slated for Buick, then-CEO Dan Akerson made it clear that the Cascada could be a nice addition to the Buick lineup.
The car will essentially be a Buick version of the Opel Cascada, which went on sale in the first half of 2013 in Europe. Minor exterior changes will be made to the car's exterior to give it a Buick appearance. For example, the grille will be restyled to show a similarity to other Buick models.
The Cascada shares a front-drive platform with the Buick Verano. However, the overall length and wheelbase are shorter. The car will be powered by a four-cylinder engine.
The future Buick is expected to be assembled by Opel in Poland and exported to the United States. GM also markets Cascada convertibles under the Vauxhall and Holden brands, GM subsidiaries.
This is not the first Opel model to be shared with Buick. The Regal was engineered and styled by Opel; Opel's model is called the Insignia. Opel and Buick also share a subcompact crossover SUV. Buick's model is the Encore, while Opel/Vauxhall market the Mokka, and Holden has the Trax.
Edmunds says: The new Cascada drop top will give Buick buyers a bit of fun and excitement.