2016 Buick Envision & 2016 Buick Cascada to Debut at the Detroit Auto Show

After way too much debate on whether to rebadge the Opel Cascada as a Buick then ship it across the pond, a new report from AutomotiveNews citing sources close to the marque hints at two Buick debuts slated for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. One of them is the all-new 2016 Buick Envision crossover, while the other is the long-awaited 2016 Buick Cascada.
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Starting with the ragtop, which started production in 2013 at GM’s Gliwice plant in Poland, the US-spec Cascada (Spanish for waterfall) will be available with the 1.6-liter Turbo EcoTec SIDI four-cylinder mill only. Unlike Europe, the Stateside customer isn’t interested in the 1.4 petrol or the 2.0-liter turbo diesel. Naturally, a good ol' six-speed automatic transmission will most certainly be offered as standard.

In terms of visual adaptations, the transition from Opel to Buick will swap the rather somber front grille for a flowing, waterfall grille so common on the modern crop of Buicks. If a rebadged soft-top convertible isn’t enough to float your four-wheeled boat, then you may like the all-new Envision crossover SUV. And yes, you’re correct: the SUV model isn’t a secret because of its August 28, 2014 unveiling in China.

Aesthetic changes both inside and out will be kept to a minimum when morphing the China-spec Envision to the US-spec 2016 Buick Envision and we have a hunch that the two 2-liter powertrain options will be carried over as well, albeit with minor differences in output due to the 2016 US CAFE standards.

Paired exclusively to a six-speed auto, the entry-level unit produces 200 horsepower and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft), with the other one pumping 260 horsepower and 363 Nm (267 lb-ft). Available with all-wheel drive and slated to arrive at US dealers in the fall of 2015, word is a hybrid model of the mid-size crossover will follow, as well as a 1.5-liter turbo four-pot with 170 hp. Still, don't expect the 1.5 to make it Stateside.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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