Cadillac has confirmed that it has discontinued the turbocharged variant of the SRX crossover. The up-level version of the crossover was powered by a 2.8 liter single-turbo V6 that made 300 horses/295 lb.-ft. of torque and carried the LP9 production code. The move leaves the (also uninspiring) 3.0 liter naturally-aspirated V6 (production code LF1) making 265 hp and 223 lb.-ft. of twist as the only engine available in the Theta-based crossover.
Cadillac spokesman Robyn Henderson confirmed that the decision to axe the turbocharged engine, which has been critiqued for unimpressive performance and a low fuel economy rating (15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway), was primarily due to low sales numbers. In fact, over 90 percent of SRX buyers opted for the 3.0L (LF1) engine.
Henderson also noted that the SRX is a leader in the luxury crossover segment, enjoying a larger market share than the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK — though we would like to point out that it’s bigger and less expensive than every one of those vehicles.
The GM Authority Take
Let’s see what engine will replace the rather uninspiring 2.8 liter as the up-level powerplant in the SRX. If we were to guess, the upcoming 3.0 liter twin-turbo LF3 should be the perfect choice for the mid-sized luxury crossover. Agree? Sound off in the comments below.