2010 Cadillac BRX Crossover Spy Shots

2010 Cadillac BRX Crossover Spy Shots

After mediocre success with its midsize SRX crossover, Cadillac is refocusing its efforts on the growing compact SUV segment. The 2010 Cadillac BRX, or CTX as it may be called, is a smaller two-row SUV built on a modified version of GM’s midsize sedan platform

Caught testing in suburban Detroit, the Cadillac BRX looks as though it will borrow most of its design cues from the Provoq concept shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The chevron-shaped grille remains largely intact and the overall shape of the greenhouse hasn’t changed.

With so much camouflage over the rear end it’s impossible to tell if the production version of the Cadillac BRX will get the retro tail fin lights in back like the concept; but chances are good.

One element of the concept that’s guaranteed not to show up is the Provoq’s hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain. In its place will be a couple of gas-burning V6s and traditional automatic transmissions. They’ll send power to the front wheels most of the time, with some power sent to the rear wheels on all-wheel-drive models.

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Entry-level models will most likely come with the 2.8-liter V6 currently used as the base power plant in the European CTS sedan.

With only 210 horsepower, the 2.8-liter V6 looks more like a nod to fuel economy above all else. For those who can afford the extra gas, a 3.6-liter V6 will be offered as well. It should deliver closer to 300 hp and use a six-speed automatic transmission.

By the time the 2010 Cadillac BRX goes on sale next year, it will have a formidable list of competitors.

Similar compact luxury SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will all be competing for the same buyers. Cadillac needs to deliver more than just a more fuel-efficient SUV; it needs to have standout styling as well. Look for the introduction of the final production BRX at next year’s Detroit auto show.

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