According to Straightline, General Motors plans to drop its 2-Mode hybrid powertrain in the new Cadillac SRX at some unspecified date in the not-too distant future. GM had been planning to put its 2-Mode system in the latest Saturn Vue sometime this year, but that vehicle’s status in the struggling automaker’s lineup is most definitely in flux, leading us to believe that the Chevy Equinox could instead be the first application of the sophisticated hybrid powertrain outside the big rear-wheel drive trucks and SUVs it’s currently installed in. Time will tell.
Because the new Cadillac SRX’s platform differs somewhat from the one underpinning the Chevy Equinox and Saturn Vue, it’s likely that a little extra engineering work will be required to make all the pieces fit and play together nicely. In any case, we would expect a similar package as what has been planned for the Vue, namely a direct-injected 3.6L V6 engine mated up with an automatic transmission featuring twin 55kW electric motors powered by a 300V battery.
Gallery: Preview Drive: Cadillac SRX
GM plans to offer 2-Mode powertrain in Cadillac SRX originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Wed, 08 Apr 2009 13:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.