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Remember the Cadillac Converj, the beautiful plug-in hybrid concept that General Motors was going to build but then decided against bringing to market? That program is still as dead as ever (at least as far as we know), but Reuters is reporting that the luxury marque is still interested in putting a PHEV powertrain into one of its vehicles, in this case a version of the Cadillac SRX crossover. According to Reuters sources, the PHEV SRX would share some of the technology from the Chevrolet Volt and from the plug-in hybrid SUV programs that Buick and Saturn worked on.

This is not the first time the SRX has been targeted for a greening. Back in April 2009, we heard that the Cadillac SRX was supposed to get GM's two-mode hybrid powertrain installed, but that never happened. In this industry, a lot of rumors float around about potential green vehicles that may or may not be debuting at an auto show in the near future. That Volt-like Chevy Amp rumor from earlier this week is probably not going to happen, for example. Our sources tell us that no plug-in SRX will be shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but we might see it in 2011. Maybe.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be easier to build a brand new SRX based on the Volt, than to EV-ize the existing SRX ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it will use the same drivetrain as the Chevy Volt, only now they are correctly calling it what it is, a PHEV (not an electric car). They just want to get away from all that negative energy generated by all that misleading press announcement surrounding the Volt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The press releases didn't say the wheels aren't connected to the engine. That was only said by a few execs in interviews.

        50mpg in CS mode? Where did you see that? Do you have a link for that?

        The 230mpg is kind of a mess. No matter what happens with real-world mpg, using that 230mpg figure was looking for trouble.

        That story you give about "Volt is 4x better than Prius" isn't from GM, it is a story written by that newspaper. Nowhere in there does GM say the 4x is better than the Prius, the story is pointing out that GM said the mpg would be 4x the Prius. This is because the story was written from the same 230mpg figure we already discussed above. This does not amount to a "misleading press announcement" the "4x better" thing isn't a GM announcement at all, in fact you made it up, even the newspaper story doesn't say the car is 4x better, merely that GM said it would get 4x the mpg.

        The 1.4L in the Volt is smaller than the engines in compact cars in the US. It is smaller than the engine in every other car in the US except for two, the Smart which has a 1.0L engine and the Chevy Cruze which has a 1.4L engine but has a turbocharger. By US standards, this engine is indeed very small, almost tiny.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What was misleading about the press announcements?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know, things like "The wheels are not connected to the engine".
        Or like "50 MPG in CS Mode"
        Or like "230 MPG"
        Or like "it will have a small gas engine to extend the range" in reality the engine is the same size as found in compact cars (small compared to a V-8 I guess).

        My favorite "Volt 4x better than a Prius":
        • 4 Years Ago
        My apologies, that story does indeed have a headline of "GM says Volt is 4x better than Prius", you didn't make it up. Although the headline is misleading as there is no such GM claim in the article, only claims of mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The SRX is by far the smartest candiate for GM's two-mode system.

      There should be a high-mpg SRX option, whether Diesel or hybrid.
        • 8 Months Ago
        In my opinion, they should go with a far simpler option for the SRX that I think would be much more appealing to the masses, and make it stand out better from the RX450h.

        That would be to replace the weak V6 with their 2.0 DI Turbo and add the same second generation BAS dubbed "eAssist" for the 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

        The move to the 2.0 would drop about 200lbs of curb weight off it's nose, and as you see in the LaCrosse, the "eAssist" added virtually no net weight (an increase of 6lbs). That would put the package at around 4100lbs. Compare that to an RX450h at 4600lbs.

        Compared to the RX, not only would it be far more fun to drive, it would likely be priced less and get comparable overall fuel economy. Probably a little less in the city and a littler more on the highway. I'd guess around 24/32.

        If they would do that, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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