A good call on the General’s part; the Opel/Vauxhall Cascada is a surprisingly good-looking 2+2 soft-top convertible. For the US market, the Cascada will make use of a 6-speed automatic transmission 200 hp direct-injected 1.6 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Overboost promises to touch 220 lb-ft of torque momentarily– FWD only, but it does have HiPer Strut front suspension and should handle better than most of its target demographic expects. Although with 20″ wheels standard, I’m not exactly sure who that demographic is.
Starting at $33,900 means this will be competing with a LOT of other entry-level luxury cabrios, and so, GM ups the ante by stuffing in some usable tech. Buick IntelliLink (seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and navigation) is standard, and features Text Message Alerts with Siri Eyes Free for iPhone. Also on offer is GM’s OnStar with a wifi hotspot, which seems strange considering the likely infrequency with which this vehicle will be occupied by users of wifi-only devices.
While–thanks due to Opel–there are some pretty interesting wheel options, to this writer, this seems the makings of a personal conveyance one wouldn’t mind seeing on the road–but wouldn’t hope to own. “Not your grandfather’s Buick”… but maybe your grandmother’s.