Update: seems that we spoke too soon. The LF1 will go bye-bye for 2012 — and the LFX will be the only engine available in the SRX.
With the untimely death of the Cadillac SRX Turbo, rumor had it that it was going to be replaced with a new variant of GM’s versatile 3.6L LLT V6 engine, called the LFX. As it turns out, that rumor is completely true.
Today Cadillac has announced plans to offer the 2012 Cadillac SRX with the 3.6L LFX engine. The optional powerplant (the 3.0L LF1 remains standard) will give the 2012 SRX 300 horsepower — the same as the SRX Turbo — and 260 pounds-feet of torque, while being capable of running on E85. These stats are a significant bump from the base model’s 3.0L LF1 V6 that’s only good for 265 horsepower and 223 pounds-feet.
The addition of the LFX puts the SRX ahead of the Lexus RX350 in output, but still doesn’t stand tall above the German choices.
EPA fuel economy ratings have yet to be finalized. Also new to the 2012 SRX is standard Bluetooth on all models, a heated steering wheel for the Luxury, Performance and Premium versions and a new 20-inch machine-faced wheel finish. Now, we wait for the announcement of a plug-in hybrid version.