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Buick Cascada gets $33,990 price tag

by Justin King

The convertible is set to arrive in US showrooms early next year.

General Motors has announced pricing and availability details for the Buick Cascada.

Buick's first convertible offered in the US market in 25 years, the Cascada carries a $33,990 base price (including freight). The company claims it offers more standard content, a more powerful standard engine and a lower starting price than the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

Essentially a rebadged Opel Cascada, Buick's new drop-top model is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoTec engine with 200 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The latter figure briefly jumps to 221 lb-ft when an overboost function engages.

Standard features include HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, along with a seven-inch infotainment system and a seven-speaker audio system. Buyers also receive 20-inch aluminum bi-color wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a backup camera.

Buick claims the electro-hydraulic power roof lowers in only 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. To protect occupants in accidents, spring-loaded pyrotechnically-activated rollover bars deploy from behind the rear seats.

Buyers can opt for a $36,990 Premium package that adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning, automatic headlight control with tunnel detection, front and rear park assist, automatic wipers, unique wheels and front and rear air deflectors.

GM promises to bring the Cascada to US showrooms early next year.

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