Back in January, when news broke that GM would be pulling its 2.8T V6 from the Cadillac lineup, I reckoned that
Cadillac needs to figure out if it wants to keep its SRX saddled to an underwhelming engine, or if it wants to add its widely-lauded 3.6 direct injection V6 to the SRX lineup.
And you know what? Cadillac made the right call (or at least the obvious one). But will GM seal the deal and drop the unloved 3.0?
Marketing VP Don Butler says the the addition of the 3.6
will make the SRX more responsive for passing on the highway, entering freeways from on-ramps and climbing hills
while revealing that
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.
Though Cadillac’s press release wording is less than explicit, there’s some precedent here. In the 2010 model year, the Buick LaCrosse was available with both the 3.0 and 3.6, and the 3.0 was rated one MPG worse on the highway (17/26 compared to 17/27). For 2011, the 3.0 has been dropped from the LaCrosse and for 2012, a mild hybrid is being added to the lineup… look for a similar progression under the SRX’s hood.