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Buick Unveils Cascada ST, Brings Several Model Exclusive Touches To Buick's Newest Droptop
Buick's stylish drop top the Cascada has not been in the marketplace for very long, but the luxury brand has already unveiled a new member of the model family that aims to bring newfound levels of sport into its stylish drop top the all new Cascada ST.
The ST (Sport Touring) Edition is immediately recognizable to buyers thanks to its model exclusive True Blue Metallic paint as well as all new five spoke 20-inch wheels. The rest of the exterior styling carries over unchanged which means that this drop top will still favor elegance over brawn when it comes to its design language which should be just fine with the sun lovers that sign on the dotted line for this car.
The interior also receives minor changes and the ST features a flat bottomed steering wheel, metal trimmed sport pedals, and special "Black Magic" trim elements, These changes (including the flat bottomed steering wheel) are nice touches even if they are at best a very minimal attempt to add sport to the interior versus the more performance oriented interiors seen in some of its competitors. Otherwise the rest of the interior is largely unchanged for better and for worse with the button happy venter console being balanced out by an interior design that balances luxury and open top luxury.
Performance hardware for the ST is unchanged from its brandmates with the car still utilizing the 1.6 liter engine that powers all other Cascada variants. Good for 200 horsepower, the engine still retains its overboost feature which helps improve acceleration but it would have been nice if Buick engineers could have added the 2.0 liter turbocharged LHU engine from the soon to be axed Buick Verano Turbo which would have helped the Cascada embrace the ST theme even further,
Buyers looking to add an ST to their driveway will have to pay $37,885 (including the freight charge) which is roughly a $4000 premium over the base model, and a $900 jump over the comparable Premium model. This figure is also interesting considering that Buick only managed to sell 633 units in the U.S. a relatively low number. GM is still confident in the models success claiming that the Cascada is exceeding expectations, and that it actually outsold both the A3 and A5 convertible models combined.
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