2016 Buick Cascada

Launched in 2013, the Opel Cascada is a midsize convertible underpinned by GM’s Delta II platform. The European drop-top is available with a lineup of three turbocharged engines, including 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline unit, and a 2.0-liter diesel. Output ranges between 118 and 167 horsepower, while the diesel benefits from 280 pound-feet of torque. Also offered with Vauxhall and Holden badges in the United Kingdom and Australia, respectively, the Opel Cascada is getting ready to arrive Stateside under the Buick marque for the 2016 model year.

According to GM Inside News, Buick has already showcased the Cascada as a future product to dealerships in August 2014, with an official launch set for 2015. Opel has already trademarked the Cascada name in the United States, meaning the convertible is only months away from receiving a Trishield badge.

Note: Photo is of the Opel Cascada

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Exterior

Much like the Buick Encore , which is a rebranded Opel Mokka, the Cascada will look nearly identical to its European brother. Aside from Buick badges and minor tweaks here and there, the U.S.-spec Cascada will only receive the company’s trademark waterfall grille.

Drivetrain

Buick Cascada

While the European Cascada is offered with three engines, not all of them will cross the Pond to motivate the Buick. Our best guess is GM will only borrow the turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-banger, an engine the group intends to use in other vehicles as well. The 1.6-liter Ecotec generates 167 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque in the Opel Cascada.

Competitors

With the Chrysler 200 Convertible discontinued as of 2015, the Buick Cascada will face foreign competition from BMW and Audi .

BMW 4 Series Convertible

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Unless it receives a more powerful unit, the Buick Cascada will be no match for BMW’s entry-level 4 Series Convertible. Powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the base 428i benefits from 240 horsepower and more interior luxury than the Cascada could offer. The 4 Series also provides a sportier experience behind the wheel, backed by fuel economy figures that go as high as 34 mpg on the highway. The cabrio can be had in either rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive guises.

Naturally, the 4 Series will be a lot more expensive than the Buick Cascada, with a sticker set at $48,750 before any options. The range-topping 435i model fetches at least $54,900.

Audi A5 Convertible

Audi A5 Convertible

Much like the 4 Series, the A5 is also more powerful and luxurious when compared to the upcoming Cascada. Available in three trim levels, the German convertible carries a 2.0-liter, four-pot engine under the hood, with output figures sitting at 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The A4 needs 6.2 seconds to accelerate from naught to 60 mph and comes fitted with standard quattro all-wheel-drive. The unit mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed, Tiptronic automatic.

Pricing begins from $47,600 for the base A5 Convertible and reaches into $56,000 territory once the Prestige version is selected.

Opel Cascada

Opel Cascada

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