Cadillac drops SRX Turbo due to slow sales

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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After little more than a year on the market Cadillac is opting to discontinue the SRX Turbo, the top trim level in the luxury divisions midsize crossover lineup. The heads-up came from GM Inside News, confirmed by Robyn Henderson, a spokesperson from Cadillac's U.S. division.

It appears that the turbocharged 2.8-litre V6 wasn't very popular at 10-percent of total sales, and therefore a justifiable business case for the model couldn't be maintained. The SRX Turbo's V6 was good for an impressive 300-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is in the neighbourhood of the brand's much-touted naturally aspirated 3.6-litre DI V6, but the boosted engine's pricier initial cost, a premium of $5,000, plus a poorer fuel economy rating of 13.6 L/100km in the city and 9.1 on the highway compared to the 3.0-litre all-wheel drive version's 12.2 / 8.8 city / highway rating, combined with a requirement for costlier premium fuel were reasons enough for 90-percent of Cadillac's SRX buyers to opt for the more wallet-friendly 3.0-litre V6.

Cadillac improved the throttle response of its base 3.0-litre version for 2011, which should give those who complained about the previous model's lack of muscle something to cheer about. The base SRX makes 265-horsepower, which isn't that far off of its pricier sibling, although its 223 lb-ft of torque that comes on 3,500 rpm higher in the rev range than the turbocharged model is where the SRX Turbo clearly shines.

So why doesn't Cadillac merely shoehorn its award-winning 3.6-litre DI V6 under the hood like it did with the previous SRX? The older model was based on the CTS sport sedan and therefore was an all-wheel drive crossover riding on a rear-wheel drive platform architecture that was initially designed with the larger block engine in mind. The new SRX, however, is based on the Chevrolet Equinox / GMC Terrain platform architecture, a front-drive layout that simply wasn't designed to incorporate the 3.6. If it were possible GM wouldn't have gone to all the effort and expense of creating a totally unique top-tier engine for the new SRX. Now in hindsight, it appears all that effort and expense was wasted.

Until the SRX Turbo gets phased out you can still purchase a 2011 model, so act quickly if you've got your heart set on one. Then again, if you're really itching for a performance-oriented family hauler you might want to try a CTS Sport Wagon on for size.
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Topics: Crossover, Cadillac, 2011, SRX, $40,000 - $49,999,

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