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2013 Opel Cascada May Come to the United States as a Buick

3/11/2013
In recent years, Buick showrooms have been completely overhauled in terms of product. First came the Enclave large crossover SUV, then the LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano sedans. Most recently, the 2013 Buick Encore--a small but luxurious compact crossover SUV--debuted. With five models to sell, what may be next for Buick? Rumor has it that the new 2013 Opel Cascada may come to the United States as a Buick.

Introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Opel Cascada is a midsize convertible with room for 4 passengers. Calling the Cascada a "true 4-season convertible," Opel explained that the vehicle's fabric roof offers "superior acoustic and thermal insulation." When the weather is warm enough, the convertible top drops in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph, Opel says. Owners can operate the top remotely, using the vehicle's ignition key fob.

In Europe, a range of turbocharged small-displacement gasoline and diesel engines will be offered for the Cascada, the most powerful of them generating 170 horsepower. Buyers will also be able to select between a manual and an automatic transmission, and the Cascada is equipped with electric steering and a HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front suspension. A FlexRide adaptive damping suspension will be optional for the Cascada.

If the Opel Cascada is sold in the United States as a Buick model, it would most likely offer the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder from the Buick Regal and Verano, which generates between 220 horsepower and 270 horsepower, as well as 260 lb.-ft. to 295 lb.-ft. of torque, depending on the application. U.S. customers would likely be limited to the automatic transmission.

Opel says the 2013 Cascada is offered with soft-touch interior materials accented with exposed stitching, AGR-certified ergonomic seats, electric seat belt presenters, and an Electric Easy Access system to make it easier to load and unload passengers from the vehicle's rear seat. Nappa leather upholstery is optional, along with a heated steering wheel and front seats that feature heating and ventilation.

With the top down, the Cascada's trunk shrinks by almost 25%, but 50/50 split-folding rear seats help expand cargo capacity. The new Opel Cascada is also equipped with LED running lights, LED taillights, and aluminum wheel offerings up to 20 inches in diameter. Available safety features include a reversing camera, adaptive front lighting system, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, and a blind-spot information system.

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