Cadillac is set to introduce an all-new SRX for the 2017 model year, and production of the vehicle has been confirmed for General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] Spring Hill plant in Tennessee. The current SRX is sourced from a plant in Mexico.
GM is in the process of upgrading the former Saturn plant, which in addition to the new SRX will also be responsible for a second mid-sized vehicle as well as production of new Ecotec engines. About 390 jobs will be retained due to the engine production while 1,800 jobs will either be created or retained for production of the new SRX and the unnamed vehicle.
Not much is known about the new SRX but we may see it grow in size. Cadillac recently dropped plans for a new crossover with third-row seats, so we may see the redesigned SRX get a third-row option instead. As for the unnamed vehicle, there have been reports that it may be a next-generation GMC Acadia, suggesting that the new Acadia will share a platform with the new SRX.
As for the new Ecotec engines, the portfolio features 11 engines consisting of three- and four-cylinder variants ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 liters in displacement. Power ratings range from 75 to 165 horsepower, and torque ratings from 70 to 184 pound-feet.