This is an interesting development and just goes to show how far off car reviews can be sometimes.
The Cadillac SRX, which is the sister vehicle to the upcoming Saab 9-4x crossover vehicle, has been praised in its 2.8T form, and said to be left wanting for power in its 3.0L non-turbo form. Saab will offer the same two engines in the 9-4x, with four non-turbo variants and a range-topping 2.8T Aero.
Despite the praise for the Turbo SRX, a combination of thirstiness and price meant that only around 10% of the SRX’s sold were turbocharged models. These slow sales have pushed GM to withdraw the turbocharged model from the Cadillac SRX range, discussed with Caddy PR at GM Inside News.
Of course, one wonders if this will have any ramifications for the Saab 9-4x. I’ll write to Sweden in a bid to find out.
My first thought is that there will be no change to begin with. Saab will want to keep a turbocharged model and they know that sales will be smaller anyway, simply because they’re Saab. The removal of the turbo engine from the Cadillac actually makes the Saab offering even more distinctive, even if it’ll be pricey.
Another question to ponder is what it might mean for the 2.8T. I’m not sure how many GM vehicles use this engine, but I don’t think it’s too many. One person with contacts at GM has remarked to me that GM may consider halting production of the engine all together, which could have some ramifications for Saab in both the 9-5 and the 9-4x.
It’s an interesting development.
Thanks to Tedjs and MarkM for the tip!