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    2012 Cadillac SRX Gets Boost In Power
    2012 Cadillac SRX Gets Boost In Power

    GM Company finally announced the pricing details of a 2012 Cadillac SRX, the price will start from the tag of $36,060, the pricing includes the destination fee. According to their statement the new model will receive the new more powerful engine – 3.6-liter V6 producing 308 hp.

    Other GM products as, Chevy Camaro and the Cadillac CTS were already equipped with this engine. The induction system tweaks will reduce the power output by four horsepowers and eight pound-feet in comparison with Camaro and CTS.

    The new model will be equipped with an improved 6-speed automatic transmission, which has an ECO mode which maximizes fuel efficiency. The new model also has a standard Bluetooth connectivity, ebony interior, an optional heated steering wheel, new xenon Blue Metallic paint and 20-inch rims as an option.

    General Motors Cancels the SRX Plug-In Hybrid
    General Motors Cancels the SRX Plug-In Hybrid

    Under the plan of General Motors Co a range of future vehicles will share the strategy applied for the brand-new battery-powered Chevy Volt. The strong push to electric vehicles was initiated by Dan Akerson, General Motors CEO. Thus in the nearest future all four U.S. brands of GM will have an electrified vehicle in their lineups. The Cadillac SRX was chosen to be the platform for the plug-in hybrid crossover. Unfortunately, the current information, available on the Web, states that the devotees of electric Cadillac should wait longer than it was initially estimated. Following the report, released by Reuters on May 28, the GM plans to build the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, based on the Cadillac SRX platform, failed to become a reality.

    According to the sources, that are close to this project, the participants of the program received the e-mails with the notification about the program cancellation. There is a speculation that the project termination is caused by the supply chain that was disrupted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The electronic equipment, necessary for the project, was available in the small quantity and the price was higher than it had been expected. Although the shortage of the electric components may be the minor reason for such GM's decision. One of the main grounds is rumored to be a life cycle of the chosen platform. It looks like the development of the project took too much time. The matter is that the current SRX platform is two years old. The common life cycle of the vehicle platform, that dictates the body construction and vehicle's size, is about five years. This means that the chosen platform has three years till the end of its life cycle. Most probably GM will transfer this project to the next platform. The true grounds of GM decision to bury the Cadillac PHEV are not named. There was no official press-release, made by General Motors to confirm the rumors about new Cadillac SRX or to deny this information.

    Rumors: Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid in Development
    Rumors: Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid in Development

    According to Reuters, General Motors is considering a plug-in version of a crossover based on its sought-after SRX model. Reuters say the GM internal sources have confirmed production for the new model. It will leverage some of the technology from the Chevy Volt.

    Developing this project, General Motors are going to make the first range-extending, plug-in luxury SUV on the market. Unlike the Volt, which is seriously expensive for Chevrolet, a Cadillac hybrid SUV would handle the premium price well. Besides, it might enable GM to outstrip Toyota, which made its reputation around hybrids with Prius and Lexus RX models.

    Since GM has not made the plans public, a release date, as well as the project details are yet to be estimated.

    Initially, the SRX made its debut at the Detroit auto show in 2008 as a concept car that GM claimed could carry a fuel-cell and electric powertrain in the future.