2015 Cadillac SRX To Be Made In China With Smaller Engines & Lower Pricing

A “Made In China” sticker on my new Cadillac SRX? It's more likely than you think, or at least it will be in 2015 when the Shanghai-GM joint venture company begins manufacturing the popular luxury mid-size crossover SUV in a brand new factory outside Shanghai.

Cadillac traditionalists shouldn't get their aquiline noses out of joint, mind you, as Chinese-made Cadillacs aren't intended for export. This is strictly an economic decision: currently Cadillac SRX's imported into China sell for over $100,000 in top-line trim. By producing and selling domestically, Shanghai-GM estimates their China-only SRX's will range from $57,250 to $81,760... a significant savings!

While styling of the second generation SRX is expected to remain unchanged for 2015 regardless of where they're made, Chinese models will differ from their counterparts under the hood.

Thank China's taxation regime for this – engines displacing more than 2.9 liters are taxed BIG time. Thus, the China-market 2015 SRX won't get to order the optional 318hp 3.6 liter V6 engine. Instead, they'll have to make do with a 226hp 2.0 liter turbocharged four-banger as the standard powerplant. Non-Chinese SRX's come with a standard 271hp 3.0 V6, which becomes the optional engine in Chinese-made cars.

Though smaller engines may seem to be a sacrifice, Shanghai-GM management figures it's a small price to pay for increased sales, presumably at the expense of the now-competitive Audi Q5. Like the upcoming 2015 Cadillac SRX, the Audi Q5 is a four-door luxury crossover SUV currently manufactured and marketed in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.

Give GM and their Chinese joint-venture partners some credit, therefore... they may have arrived late to the party but at least they won't have their fly open. (via CarNewsChina and Netease)