General Motors plans to move production of the Cadillac SRX crossover to its factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where the automaker will also invest $185 million to build its latest Ecotec small engine range.
The news partially clarifies GM’s separate, previously announced $350 million investment to support the assembly of two mid-size vehicles at Spring Hill. The Cadillac SRX will constitute one of those vehicles, with production shifting from its current location in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, beginning with the next-generation model expected to launch in late 2015.
It’s still unclear what the second mid-sized vehicle will be, although Wards Auto speculates that the next GMC Acadia is a possibility. The Acadia and SRX will share GM’s Theta Lambda platform in the future.
The Spring Hill facility was originally utilized as a Saturn plant from 1990 to 2007. After a short period of disuse, it started churning out the Chevrolet Traverse in 2008, but was again shuttered in 2009. The factory came back to life in 2012 when GM used it to keep up with strong demand for the Chevrolet Equinox.
In addition to the $185 million motor investment at Spring Hill, GM will also spend $48.4 million to upgrade its powertrain castings plant in Bedford, Indiana.
GM says that production of the SRX and the second, unnamed vehicle will create or retain 1,800 jobs, while the Spring Hill and Bedford engine investments will create or retain 435 positions.