Opel Cascada Has Buick Regal Convertible Written All Over It

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Rumors of the Opel Cascada heading to America as a Buick model surfaced late last year, so we decided to take a closer look at the convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The Cascada is based on General Motors’ Delta platform, and is available in two trim levels in Europe, the entry-level “Edition” and a more upscale “Innovation.” The higher-end model features adaptive lights, dual-zone climate control, and a more isolating fabric top. According to Opel in Geneva, the Cascada’s fabric top can be lowered in 17 seconds and can be controlled directly from the key fob. If driving, it can be lowered at speeds up to 31 mph.

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Powerplants available in Europe include a 1.4-liter, turbo-four engine with 118 hp or 138 hp, a 1.6-liter turbo with 168 hp. Diesel offerings include a 2.0-liter with 163 hp or 192 hp. The 192 hp diesel engine also packs 295 lb-ft of torque. The Cascada comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, though a six-speed automatic is available as an option.

Whether or not the Opel Cascada comes to America rebadged as a Buick remains to be seen, but so far the Buick brand has had fair success with rebadging existing European vehicles – the Opel Insignia is America’s Regal.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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