Cadillac Working on a Hybrid Plug-in
It’s been rumored that GM is working on a plug-in hybrid vehicle based on its Cadillac SRX crossover. This isn’t the first time GM has tried to produce a hybrid. Think back to last year when the Cadillac Converj debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Unfortunately it never did make it to production.
According to Reuters, General Motors Co has been working to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle based on its Cadillac SRX crossover, two people with direct knowledge of the work said.
The Cadillac plug-in would share some of the technology that GM has developed for its Chevrolet Volt over the past four years, allowing the automaker to bring down the cost of its emerging electric car offerings, one of the sources said.
The new Cadillac would also draw from an abandoned project to launch a rechargeable crossover vehicle that GM had considered in 2008 and 2009 under the Buick and since-scrapped Saturn brands, according to one of the sources, who could not be named because the project has not been made public.
The project would mark the first luxury electric car from the top U.S. automaker after it dropped a plan to build the Converj concept car, a Cadillac variant of the Volt.
Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork declined to comment, citing the automaker’s policy of not discussing vehicle development projects for competitive reasons.
The current SRX made its debut at the Detroit auto show in 2008 as a concept car that GM said could carry a fuel-cell and electric powertrain in the future.
The move to launch a plug-in Cadillac could also allow GM to extend what its executives see as a crucial lead over Toyota Motor Corp in what GM calls “extended range electric vehicles.”
Those cars, like the Volt, are designed to run on battery power at first but carry a backup gasoline engine to provide peace of mind to the driver and additional range.
We will definitely be following the progress of the rumored Cadillac plug-in hybrid and hopefully rumors of this concept car turns into truth!