Cadillac introduced an all-new SRX for the 2010 model year, and a few months later, added a higher-performance turbo model. That turbo model had a short life as it has been officially removed from the SRX order guide after less than one year on the market.
According to Cadillac, the SRX turbo model was killed due to the extremely low take rate -- less than 10-percent of all SRXs sold were turbo models. Eliminating the turbo model will help General Motors reduce costs by simplifying manufacturing through the reduction of possible order combinations.
We’re not really complaining about the elimination of the SRX turbo as we found the 300-horsepower, 2.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 to be a bit of an underperformer. The standard 265-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 doesn’t provide neck-snapping acceleration, but is adequate for the SRX and achieves more respectable fuel economy figures for its class -- 17/23 mpg city/hwy compared to 15/22. Audi’s Q5 is rated at 18/23 with a 3.2-liter V-6 and the Lexus RX350 gets 18/24 with a 3.5-liter V-6.
While SRX buyers are no longer able to order a turbocharged V-6, they will still be able to buy one as a number of 2011 models were produced. Once those few vehicles are purchased, there won’t be another 2.8-liter SRX.
Although the SRX turbo sold in extremely small numbers, the new Cadillac SRX is an overall success as Cadillac PR noted that it now has a larger market share than any of its German competitors -- the Audi Q5, BMW X3, or Mercedes-Benz GLK.