DETROIT -- Buick is getting its first convertible since the Reatta 25 years ago, an effort to inject some fun into a lineup that’s been rebuilt with a stable of core models.
On the eve of the auto show here, Buick unveiled the 2016 Cascada, a rebadged version of the identically named Opel droptop that debuted in Europe last year. It’s the latest example of cross-pollination between the two General Motors brands.
The Cascada -- pronounced Cas-KAH-duh, Spanish for “waterfall” -- is scheduled to go on sale in early 2016. It’s about an inch longer than the Verano compact sedan and uses a 2+2 layout.
The car’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine will produce 200 hp. Its soft top will retract in just 17 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph, Buick said in a statement.
Although convertibles are a shrinking, low-volume segment in the U.S., the Cascada should help Buick add a dose of color to a lineup that has been rapidly expanded since the brand was nearly axed during GM’s spiral toward bankruptcy in 2009.
Buick added the Verano compact in late 2011, followed by the Encore small crossover in early 2012. It’s widely expected to reveal at the show a midsize crossover, which would be slotted between the Encore and Enclave, giving Buick a three-sedan, three-crossover and convertible lineup.