The Spring Hill, Tennessee, factory that once built Saturn vehicles will host the next-generation Cadillac SRX. General Motors confirmed today that it will shift production of the SRX from Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, to Tennessee when the next generation of the luxury crossover debuts.
The announcement is part of a $185 million investment to build GM's new generation of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines at Spring Hill. The engines, which range from 1.0 to 1.5 liters in displacement and 75 hp to 165 hp, will eventually be used in 27 GM vehicles by the 2017 model year. The move will add 390 jobs at Spring Hill.
GM announced last year that its Spring Hill factory would build two "future midsize vehicles." It's believed those will be the Cadillac SRX and an as-yet unrevealed Buick crossover. Both models could be based on the next generation of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover; the current version of the strong-selling Equinox is assembled in Spring Hill. Little else is known so far about the future of the Cadillac SRX. The current Cadillac SRX was refreshed for the 2013 model year at the 2012 New York auto show.
It's possible the future Buick crossover could resemble the new Envision crossover that's launching in China. We reported earlier this year that the U.S. market could get a version of that Buick crossover by 2015. The model would slot between the compact Buick Encore and three-row Buick Enclave.
The Spring Hill factory was opened in 1990 and built Saturn vehicles until March 2007, when the brand was discontinued. The plant briefly built the Chevrolet Traverse and currently assembles four-cylinder Ecotec engines as well as the Chevrolet Equinox.