During the last several months, photos have surfaced of a GM crossover identified as the Cadillac BRX. As it turns out, those photos were actually of the next-generation Chevy Equinox. Last week we caught the “real” BRX for the first time, and today we have more photos of an actual 2010 Cadillac BRX prototype.
Riding on GM's new TE (Theta-Epsilon) chassis, this new, smaller Caddy will start production in May of 2009 at the Ramos Arizpe plant. The General will look to build about 75,000 units annually. Codenamed GMT166, Cadillac will share the TE platform with Saab for the 9-4x
(GMT168) that starts production in the fall of 2009.
Powertrain choices will surely include the 300-hp, direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 found in the CTS. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel variant is also in the works, however, it remains to be seen whether that model will be sold in U.S.
Through the camouflage on this BRX prototype, we can see the production grill will follow the Provoq concept
almost exactly, while the rear camouflage attempts to hide the true roofline - but we can tell the production greenhouse will swoop downward in the rear just as it does on the Provoq. Quite honestly, we don't see many differences from the concept at all. It seems as if the tailfin taillights of the concept may even find their way to production.
Two things we did not see on the concept, but do see on the prototype, are the dual exhaust outlets integrated into the bumper. While shooting, we also noticed that the BRX will feature the same pop-up navigation screen found in the CTS sedan.--Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company