Open-top coupe gets new body paint and some black trim

I don’t suppose the mere addition of a new color option counts as a special edition model already, right? Who am i to talk though because evidently, that’s exactly what Buick did with the new iteration of the Cascada Sport Touring. Sure, there’s a Dark Effects package to go along with the new Sport Red paint, but that’s about all you’re going to get with this new special edition.

It’s not all that bad, though, because of the aforementioned Dark Effects package, which does add some flavor to the overall makeup of the Cascada. And, to be fair to Buick, the Sport Red actually looks good on the open-top coupe, much better at least than the True Blue finish of the previous special edition Cascada that was unveiled back in August 2016. That one didn’t look all that spectacular even for a standard model, whereas the Sport Red paint fully complements the sporty and aggressive side of the convertible.

This new special edition Cascada is all set to make its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show before it goes official on February 1, 2017. Only 150 units will be made of this Sport Red-clad, Dark Effects packaged Buick Cascada. You don’t have to convince yourselves to get one should you be interested because if you are, there’s a good chance that there won’t be any available models left for you to decide on.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Buick Cascada Sport Touring with Dark Effects package.

What makes the Buick Cascada Sport Touring with Dark Effects Package

I understand the subjectivity of the phrase “special edition” so despite my cynicism in Buick’s decision to refer to this model in that light, I’m going to let it pass because there are some characteristics of this model that justify the label. The first one is the Sport Red body paint. I know it just looks like a really splashy shade of red paint, but seeing as Buick doesn’t offer this specific color on the standard Cascada model, I’m on board with it being treated as an exclusive color. At the very least, it deserves that billing a lot more than the Metallic True Blue body paint of previous special edition Cascada that was unveiled only three months ago. That version was simply too boring for me.

The other unique characteristic of this special edition Cascada is the Dark Effects package, which complements the Sport Touring trim of the Cascada. The highlight of that package are the gloss black finishes on various sections of the convertible; most notably on the grille, the mirror caps, and even the set of 20-inch wheels.

The unique characteristic of this special edition Cascada is the Dark Effects package, which complements the Sport Touring trim of the Cascada.

Even the interior gets treated to the same two-tone appearance as the body, featuring a predominantly black surface with matching red stitching on the seats, door panels, and dashboard. Once more, I can’t help but compare it to the True Blue Cascade from August 2016. That one had less options to offer since Buick limited the enhancements to a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and its own set of 20-inch wheels.

About the only thing similar between the two special edition Cascadas are the engines, which is to say that both have a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, inline-four engine under their respective hoods, producing a total of 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.

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The interior gets treated to the same two-tone appearance as the body, featuring a predominantly black surface with matching red stitching on the seats, door panels, and dashboard.

It’s still unclear how much Buick plans to price the Sport Red Cascada STs, but considering that the True Blue Cascada ST, with less upgrades, was priced at $37,990, it’s very likely that the Sport Red version will be priced a little higher on account of the inclusion of the Dark Effects package and the fact that it’s a numbered special edition.

Personally, I won’t be surprised if the price tag reaches $40,000, which would immediately make it a notch more expensive than base versions of the Audi A3 cabriolet and the BMW 230i convertible. The question now is: would you go for the special edition Buick Cascada or just head in the direction of its German rivals?

Press Release

When Buick introduced the all-new Cascada convertible early this year, it was an invitation to drivers who want to live life wide open with features unexpected in a convertible. In a market devoid of options, the Cascada has found success by offering a quiet, three-layer insulated top and stress-reducing engineering at a price that leaves room in your budget to explore the open road. Cascada also has the honor of being the first 2017 convertible to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration1.

In the months since the Cascada launched, its competitive set hasn’t grown, but choice within the Cascada portfolio has. The latest sport touring color introduction — Sport Red — is the response to customers who asked for a brilliant shade of red.

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“We’ve heard it from customers all year: ‘What a beautiful car. Can I get it in red?’ Well yes, now you can,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “This new addition to the Cascada portfolio offers a modern style statement with blacked-out exterior trim and red interior stitching.”

Exterior styling is a top consideration for customers, and the Cascada’s new Dark Effects package makes a unique statement. The package features a gloss-black finish on the grille, mirror caps and 20-inch wheels, as well as body-color trim across the decklid. Inside, new red stitching adds contrast to the instrument panel, doors and seats. The package is paired exclusively with the new Sport Red exterior color and is available only on the Cascada Sport Touring model in limited volume — 150 initial vehicles will arrive starting February 1, 2017.

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The new Sport Touring Cascada in Sport Red with the exclusive Dark Effects package is the second unique expression added to Buick’s convertible lineup this year. Earlier this fall, the 2017 Cascada Sport Touring launched with a vibrant True Blue exterior color, an exclusive new 20-inch wheel design and sporty interior trim.

A recent Autotrader study2 showed that almost a quarter of customers will delay the purchase of a vehicle if the color they want isn’t available, so Buick will regularly offer new color and trim combinations for the Cascada, giving the brand more opportunities to explore new style statements and connect with unique personalities.

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Through August, the Buick Cascada has outsold BMW 2 Series, Audi’s A3 and A5 convertibles combined and attracts six out of 10 buyers from outside Buick and other GM brands. Sales since launch have been limited to retail buyers, with no deliveries to fleet customers.

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