Cadillac will reportedly begin to manufacture its SRX mid-size crossover in China from by 2015 for the local market, according to Car News China. The assembly of the mid-size crossover also made news previously with the announcement that it will move north to Spring Hill, Tennessee from Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
Due to China’s high import tax on vehicles, GM’s Chinese joint venture, Shanghai-GM, will now manufacture the SRX locally in a new factory near Shanghai. The SRX starts at a surprisingly high 429,000 yuan ($70,185 USD) in China and can cost as much as 629,800 yuan ($102,844 USD). This is made worse by the 3.0-liter and 3.6-liter V6 engines on offer in the vehicle, as China has a heavy tax on any car with an engine bigger than 2.9-liters.
When local production begins, the Chinese SRX is expected to have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as well as smaller proportions, a la Buick Envision. The 3.6-liter engine isn’t expected to be used.
When Chinese production begins, Car News China says the starting price of the SRX could drop to 350,000 yuan and extend to ($57,154 USD) 500,000 yuan ($81,648 USD). GM has not said if the current SRX will remain in production in China longer than in the U.S. or if the new model will also be built at its Shanghai plant.