Back in March GMInsidenews uncovered General Motors’ plan to produce a twin-turbocharged variant of its 3.0-liter V6. At the time of publication the engine was far enough in development to have its own RPO code—LF3. Sources, however, were not 100-percent sure on which applications the new turbo mill would end up in. Over the course of the past five months GM has apparently firmed up at least two product lines that will utilize the LF3.
According to two different sources the twin-turbo 3.0-liter will find its way into the Cadillac SRX luxury crossover and the next-generation Lambda full-size crossovers. The SRX will gain the new mill for the 2013 model-year, which is likely to bring a mid-cycle enhancement to the crossover as well.
Today the SRX is powered by the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V6 and optional 2.8-liter turbo. GM will be dropping the 2.8-liter in favor of the new twin-turbo, but we’re told the 3.0-liter base engine will likely be dropped in favor of the 3.6-liter V6. GMI has been told that a Two Mode hybrid variant of the SRX is also slated. Like the short-lived Two Mode Saturn Vue, the SRX is said to have a plug-in option as well.
It is already on the record that the 2013 model year will bring new Lambda crossovers, including the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. The redesigned crossovers will see a displacement downsizing in favor of the twin turbochargers on the LF3. At this time GMI has not been informed of any additional engine offerings on the new Lambda’s, though it is expected that the twin-turbo will be optional on the lower end models.
Additionally, sources have stated that the LF3 will end up in the upcoming Cadillac XTS and next-generation Chevrolet Impala. No power or fuel economy figures are known at this time.