The affordable four-seat convertible has become a largely forgotten genre in the States, especially with the death of the Chrysler 200 Convertible. Of course, there are still premium options from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – not to mention more overtly performance-oriented droptop pony cars from Chevrolet and Ford – but if you want an affordable cruiser, you're kind of out of luck. That may be about to change, however, with renewed rumors of the Opel Cascada (pictured above) making it across the Atlantic wearing a Buick badge.

According to GM Inside News, Buick showed off the Cascada to US dealers last week, with renewed word that the company plans to bring it over from Europe for the 2016 model year. The US version will reportedly be practically identical to its German cousin in terms of styling, but the powertrain underneath is less certain. According to GMI, it may use the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is available in Europe with either 168 horsepower or 197 hp.

The Cascada rides on GM's Delta II platform, which also underpins the Verano, and the latest rumor certainly provides even more evidence that the convertible is probably on the way. Speculation about the droptop started when GM CEO Dan Akerson said last year that the car was on his wish list to bring over. Then, the US trademark on the name was reserved earlier this year, and the release was speculated for sometime in early 2016.

When Autoblog reached out to Buick for comment, company spokesperson Nick Richards gave us the predictable corporate line, "We don't comment on speculation or rumors." Still, when we drove the Cascada back in 2013 in Germany at GM's invitation, we thought it would be a good fit for US roads. It sounds like the convertible might not be too far from actually driving on them.

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      • 4 Months Ago

      I love the looks of this car, along with Insignia and Astra. But I'm not a fan of Buick's overwrought grille and oversized logo. If they want to get younger buyers, they should tone it down or just use the original Opel grille treatment. 

      • 4 Months Ago
      So is the plan to test and certify the current version we see here, or wait for the redesign? I know next get Cruze and Verano are being tested so they may wait and build off that platform. Either way, I think it is very sharp looking, inside and out. But hopefully they drop the Cascada name and go with something like Reatta or Riviera. Or even slap Regal on it to extend the range of Regal body styles. Buick would end up owning the near-Lux convertible market - since it would have no competition. 
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*
      They should bring over the Cascada convertible plus the Insignia Country Tourer (to compete with models like the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC70) both under the Regal nameplate.
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ain't the Mustang Convertible a better bet anyday? 

      • 4 Months Ago

      Hairdressers everywhere rejoice.

      • 4 Months Ago
      According to a Car and Driver review of the Cascada, the 168hp 1.6L turbo is way under powered for the Cascada. Hopefully Buick will use the 259hp 2.0L turbo that's now in the Regal GS.

      This render of the Cascada with a Buick grill looks great.

      Personally I'd like to see the Reatta name revived for this convertible.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 4 Months Ago

        That a big jump in HP, will and engine of that size even fit into a car that uses a smaller engine.

      • 4 Months Ago

      another really bad name for a car

      • 4 Months Ago

      Looks like a nice convertible option for those not looking for an overpriced german nameplate, but better arrive with more than 168hp or these will languish on dealer lots.  225 to 250 hp is needed for a car carrying the $30K+ price tag I expect for this vehicle.

      • 4 Months Ago
      • 4 Months Ago

      Nice, but hardly lustworthy or memorable

      Andre Neves
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      Cadillac Catera 2.0

      ... and we all know how that did.

        Larry Litmanen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves

        Catera not Caters, although it does cater to a certain segment.................old farts.

      • 4 Months Ago

      I was excited about this once... but then Imma have to pass...

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