Report: GM considering plug-in hybrid version of SRX crossover

Review: 2012 Cadillac SRX

When the Cadillac Converj made its debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, there was a lot of debate on whether the car will enter production or just be a study car. After going back-and-forth for a while, General Motors finally confirmed earlier this year that the Converj will not enter production… yes, it really broke our hearts.

Well, the General is now working to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle based on the Cadillac SRX crossover, according to two people with direct knowledge that spoke with Reuters.

The sources said that the SRX plug-in hybrid crossovers will feature some of the technology the automaker uses in the Chevrolet Volt, allowing it to bring down the cost of engineering a completely new powertrain. One of the sources said that Cadillac will also take some research done from an abandoned project to launch a rechargeable crossover that was considered for Buick and Saturn in 2008 and 2009.

Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork decline to comment, saying that the brand does not talk about future vehicle development due to competitive reasons.

We’re pretty sure that engineers will also take some ques from the Cadillac Provoq Concept that made its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The concept featured GM’s E-Flex propulsion system and was able to travel 300 miles on a single fill of hydrogen – with 280 miles from hydrogen and 20 miles on pure battery electric energy.

– By: Zain Haq

Source: Reuters