Buick is showing off the safety features of its newest model.
The 2016 Buick Cascada will arrive at dealerships next year and the company has revealed details on the convertible’s reinforced structure, which was created to bolster the car’s strength, rigidity and chassis precession. That might sound like marketing jargon, but Buick did go in depth as to how it all benefits the driving experience.
For example, the 2017 Buick Cascada will have spring-loaded, pyrotechnically activated roll bars located behind the front seats that are linked to the airbag system. The roll bar system also enables the rear seat cargo pass-through, since it is less obtrusive than some vehicles’ hoop-style pop-up protection systems. When the roll bars are deployed, they extend approximately 14 inches to match the height of the windshield.
To give it a sleek design, the body structure of the Cascada allows the top, its folding mechanism and the roll bar apparatus to be stowed under a hard tonneau cover, giving it a smooth, uninterrupted profile.
According to Buick, the structure’s rigidity allowed its engineers to tune the suspension and steering systems with a high degree of precision since they didn’t have to compensate for chassis flex.
“Intelligent design is a hallmark of Buick’s renaissance and the all-new Cascada advances that legacy with seamless integration of great convertible design and safety,” said Holt Ware, Buick exterior design director. “It’s a design that fosters the Cascada’s clean, uninterrupted lines while helping enable confident, top-down driving enjoyment.”
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