2011 Cadillac SRX – Click above for high-res image gallery

In December, 2010 there were reports that a Cadillac SRX plug-in hybrid electric vehicle was in some pipeline somewhere, and that it would eventually plop into some sort of consumer reality. The same outlet that reported that story, Reuters, now cites six GM Deep Throats as saying General Motors has killed the SRX PHEV program.

Overlapping timetables were apparently the problem – by the time the vehicle was ready, the Theta platform that supports it would be at the end of its life. And it didn't help that the SRX PHEV was expected to lose money. That made GM's decision to cancel it, in spite of having spent money to develop the powertrain for three different vehicles so far, a little easier. On top of that, the program was never officially made public, so it's not like GM has anything to apologize for.

The suggestion in the Reuters report, though, is that GM isn't walking away from it altogether. A spokesman said, "I'm not going to comment on specific products or timing for applications, but we still see promise in the technology," and it is known that GM CEO Dan Akerson wants to get Chevrolet Volt range-extending tech into other models, pronto. But after Saturn, Buick and Cadillac haven't made the cut, what's next?


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      Soul Shinobi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who's surprised?
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually I think that this is good news overall. Instead of trying to retrofit the plug-in hybrid system into a platform that was never for it. Just wait until the development of the next-gen SRX so that the plug-in hybrid system can be easily designed in. Though I think a quick fitting of the eAssist system into the current SRX could be a smart and viable alternative.
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree - why put a system into a vehicle that will be replaced within a year or two of it being introduced. Design it for the next generation platform and make it quality work.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually I think that this is good news overall. Instead of trying to retrofit the plug-in hybrid system into a platform that was never for it. Just wait until the development of the next-gen SRX so that the plug-in hybrid system can be easily designed in. Though I think a quick fitting of the eAssist system into the current SRX could be a smart and viable alternative.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      A Danforth Wilkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did I hear a little of what the car may sound like full throttle or is it too early to tell? The E39 and E60 versions sounded glorious but lately many turbo engines from any maker have kinda fallen flat in the sound department.