When the current Cadillac SRX made its debut it was available with two engines. The base engine was a DOHC 3.0 liter V6 with 265hp and an optional high performance 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 with 300hp.
The optional engine has suffered in sales with most buyers being plenty happy with the less powerful and larger 3.0 liter normally aspirated V6. The optional engine being smaller is a risky move with most older buyers as it trumps conventional wisdom. And that engine was a pricey check on the option list.
As Cadillac has already announced they were dropping the 2.8 liter turbo V6 as an option, new now comes that for the 2012 model year the Cadillac SRX will be available with the company’s larger 2.6 liter direct-injected V6 good for at least 300hp.
The normally aspirated V6 is already available in other Cadillac models and notably the Chevrolet Camaro. The engine with direct-injection and variable valve timing will put the SRX on par with similarly classed Luxury CUV’s like the Lincoln MKX which features a 305hp 3.7 liter V6 as standard equipment.
“SRX is resonating with luxury buyers by offering the function of a crossover and the distinctive style of a Cadillac,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. “Now, we’re raising the standards even higher by providing the SRX with enhanced performance. The new engine will make the SRX more responsive for passing on the highway, entering freeways from on-ramps and climbing hills.”
The new engine also is FlexFuel capable, meaning it can use either gasoline, E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. EPA fuel economy ratings have not been finalized, but Cadillac expects the SRX to provide customers with comparable real-world fuel efficiency. The current engine has an EPA rating of 18 city/25 highway mpg.
The 2012 SRX luxury crossover will be available by summer’s end also gets new technology inside including Bluetooth connectivity and even a heated steering wheel.