After mixed reviews over the first generation SRX because of its larger-than-expected size, Cadillac decided that down-sizing to a sleeker crossover would be the way to go. Built on a modified version of GM's Theta Platform, the current Cadillac SRX loses its third row seating, but can now compete with the Lexus RX with stylish upgrades. The Cadillac SRX is powered by a 3.0L V6 engine producing 265hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, but a more exciting engine is now available in the 2.8L turbocharged V6cranking out 300hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 SRX may look the same as last year’s model from the outside, but its redesigned interior now packs all the latest active safety technology, like fully adaptive cruise control. Paired with the optional AWD, this five-seat V-6 crossover is a confident and safe family car with Audi -inspired interior quality and trim choices.
You would not know it from the lack of exterior style, but the SRX is Cadillac’s most important model. It took in over one-third of total Cadillac volume over the last 3 years, despite a troubled launch.
The SRX debuted in the wrong place at the wrong time during the restructuring of GM and the closure of Saab . Twinned with the better-looking (but now defunct) Saab 9-7X, the SRX was left to shoulder the load of its own factory and hopefully double sales of the previous SRX into the mid-50,000-unit range annually.
The first-gen SRX was a cult hit with a CTS -based platform, available V-8 engines and rear or AWD. Commercially, the SRX’s narrow platform and wagon-like proportions failed to win meaningful sales ground, despite the big power, gorgeous LED brake lights and low roof.
The wagon-like SRX was replaced by this conventional front or AWD crossover. It was much closer to the Lexus RX350 template and has proved to be much more popular with normal consumers.
The SRX competes in the midsize luxury crossover segment pretty effectively in spite of its ugly-duckling beginnings. It is a top-10 seller (in its category of 25-plus other models) behind mini SUVs, like the best-selling Lexus RX , Acura MDX and Audi Q5 .
Is the mainstream Cadillac SRX a good choice for cruising comfort and safe family transport?
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Cadillac SRX with extra info on the new features, options and updates.
In November at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac will be unveiling the 2013 XTS full-size sedan, but this vehicle may be playing second fiddle to the company’s new Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system.
The CUE will pair entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards, and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, natural voice commands, fewer buttons, and larger icons. It will feature an 8-inch LCD touch screen located front and center on the top of the central instrument panel leading down to a motorized fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area.
"CUE doesn’t replace your smartphone or your iPod," said Micky Bly, Executive Director, Global Electric Systems, Infotainment and Electrification. "Rather it allows consumers to securely store those mobile devices while channeling the information on those devices, along with your navigation tools, weather maps with Doppler radar, AM/FM and XM radio, instant messages and emails, through a central portal in your Cadillac, keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road."
The Cue will make its debut in the new XTS sedan, but will then be dropped into the ATS sport sedan and the SRX crossover.
Hit the jump to watch a video of Cadillac’s newest technology, plus check out more of its highlights.
The Cadillac SRX was unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is going on sale starting at $33,330 for the base 3.0 Liter V6 powered front wheel drive version and climbs all the way up to $51,360 for the 2.8 Liter six cylinder Turbo Premium version. As the Cadillac of crossovers enters its second generation, the completely redesigned SRX delivers a dynamic alternative in terms of visual appeal and driving character to ordinary CUVs with its downsized fuel efficient gas burning engines. The SRX comes standard with a front wheel drive layout and is available with all wheel drive as an option. It is built atop a version of General Motors’ Theta platform that is also used for the Chevrolet Equinox and the Epsilon II platform that is also used for the European Opel Insignia .
UPDATE 04/12/2011: After being dramatically redesigned back in 2010, the Cadillac SRX has once again been put under the magnifying glass, but this time the changes that were made to the lineup were minimal. All SRX fans out there will have much to rejoice over as the 2012 Cadillac will get a more powerful version added to its line-up: a 3.6 liter direct-injected V-6 engine that will deliver a total of 300 HP and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
UPDATE 07/26/11: Cadillac has released some new information about the 2012 SRX, including adjustments to the performance figures on the SUV, as well as new interior features that will be included in the 2012 model. Head on after the jump to find out what’s in store for us with the 2012 SRX.
UPDATE 04/10/12: Cadillac has unveiled the 2013 SRX at the New York Auto Show a series of exterior and interior updates, but the most important one is the addition of the company’s latest CUE - a in-vehicle user experience that incorporates touch-screen controls similar to the most popular mobile devices.
Hit the jump for more details on the Cadillac SRX.
Octane ratings are more than just stickers posted on gas pumps; they have a pretty important purpose too, and one that - if not used the right way - could lead to problems for the 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover.
According to General Motors, the SRX, which comes with a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine, could have a pretty embarrassing chink on its armor wherein putting in gasoline with an octane rating that’s lower than 91 could lead to some pretty serious problems causing pre-ignition. As such, GM is trying to nip the problem in the bud by recalling about 547 SRX crossovers that have been tagged by the NHTSA as potentially having this deficiency.
So if you happen to own a 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover, you might want to head over to your GM dealership to have your Engine Control Modules reprogrammed at no cost.
America’s luxury car maker Cadillac is so confident that the new for 2010 SRX is better than their Japanese and German rivals that they are inviting the public to join them for some back to back test drives. This past weekend Top Speed attended the Cadillac of Crossovers Test Drive Event that took place at the Village of Merick Park, one of Miami’s newest and one of the more upscale shopping establishments in all of South Florida. The event combined a relaxed viewing environment for a host of Cadillac’s new products ranging from environmentally conscious Escalade Hybrid s to one very hot CTS Sport Wagon as well as a cooking demonstration with Chef Michelle Bernstein and the all important test drive of not only the new Cadillac SRX, but the BMW X5 , Mercedes Benz GLK and Lexus RX350 as well.
Admittedly we were a bit unfamiliar with the new Cadillac SRX when we arrived at the event, but after a quick spin around the block and few minutes talking to a few informative men and women in black we felt like we were ready to start working the showroom floor. The 2010 SRX has been completely redesigned and features a chassis that is unique to the luxury crossover. Where most CUVs have a tendency to look large and round in order to maximize interior space, the SRX’s designers incorporated enough bold body lines and creases to make it look muscular, not that the six lug 20 inch wheels didn’t help. If you look close enough at the rear tail lamps you will also see that Cadillac is bringing back the tailfin. Current SRX models are available with either two or all wheel drive and are powered by a 3.0 Liter VVT DOHC direct injection V6 that gets 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, while a 300 HP turbocharged 2.7 Liter V6 is scheduled to arrive soon.
General Motors has just announced that the 2010 Cadillac SRX will go on sale later this summer starting at $34,155. The new crossover will come from the factory with a 3.0 Liter V6, featuring fuel saving direct injection, putting out 265 HP. There will also be a turbocharged 2.8 Liter V6 available as an option; the boosted engine will make 300 HP.
No matter which power plant you choose, gears will be shifted via a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic that lowers the engine’s RPMs when traveling at highway speeds, further increasing fuel mileage.
The all new 2010 Cadillac SRX is a welcome addition of style, performance and fuel economy into the more often than not dull crossover market. According to Steve Shannon, the Executive Director of Marketing for Cadillac, the SRX “offer[s] new dimensions of versatility and fuel efficiency, along with Cadillac’s signature design and technical features…we believe the Cadillac SRX offers emotional appeal to a segment previously devoid of much of that
Lynden Schneider, Chief Engineer on the new Cadillac SRX goes over some of the features of the luxury crossover, including engines, all-wheel drive system and interior. While the SRX no longer shares a chasis with the CTS, it still has the many of the same interior features we liked in the CTS we had in our fleet .
The 2010 SRX will be powered by a choice of two six-cylinder engines that are both new to Cadillac: the standard vehicle will come with a 3.0-liter engine that delivers 260 hp and there will also be an optional 2.8-liter turbocharged unit that will make 300 hp.
Cadillac’s all-new premium midsize crossover delivers an advanced all-wheel-drive system in a smart and stylish package that makes negotiating foul weather a pleasure. Watch those tail slides!
So General Motors might be a little low on cash these days, but some of the best things in life are free. Take for example some engineers (or possibly marketing people) having some fun playing out in the snow while testing the upcoming 2010 Cadillac SRX .
We’ve seen plenty of preview material on this car, but we’ll be able to reveal the production specs when the official debut is made at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Cadillac gave the first showing of the 2010 SRX today at Pebble Beach today. The design for the new crossover is heavily based on the Provoq concept car that went around the car show circuit earlier this year. General Motors will release full details on the car later this year.
The new SRX is expected to switch to GM’s Theta platform, which would make it smaller wheelbase than the current SRX. The switch would also means that in two-wheel drive form, the power will now go to the front wheels (an all-wheel drive version should be an option.) The SRX has become an important car for GM as it is a smaller and more fuel-efficient an alternative to Cadillac’s other SUV offering, the Escalade.