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2010 - 2012 Cadillac SRX


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.

Exterior

Cadillac SRX

The 2010 model retains the majority of the design features from the concept, and although the original was designed with aerodynamics in mind due to the fact that it was an electric fuel cell vehicle, this only translates into increased fuel economy for the gas burning production vehicle. The interior of the all new SRX is unmistakably Cadillac, finished with premium materials and completed in style just like the CTS luxury sport sedan.

The 2010 SRX rides on a wide track and can tow up to 3,500 pounds. It seats up to five people, with generous occupant and cargo room. Up front, a multi-piece shield grille and vertical headlamps with light pipe technology and available adaptive forward lighting can be seen, as well as a chrome front fender vent that incorporates a side marker lamp. The design lines swoop back towards the rear and then taper off to give the SRX a sporty profile. An integrated spoiler can also be found on rearward edge of the roof and serves to extend the design line and improve aerodynamics. To finish off the exterior look eighteen-inch wheels come as standard and 20-inch wheels come as an option.

2013 Cadillac SRX

Cadillac SRX

The 2013 Cadillac SRX has received a new design for the front upper and lower grilles, new front fender vents that incorporate LED light pipes. The SUV has also received three new exterior colors: Evolution Green Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic and Silver Coast Metallic plus a new range of 20-inch wheel designs, including new chrome and polished aluminum wheels for the Performance and Premium Collections.

Interior

Cadillac SRX

Inside the SRX, the customer will be greeted with an integrated center stack that houses controls for climate and audio systems. There is also navigation system that rises from the center of the instrument panel. The navigation system comes with three-dimensional imaging and is backed by other technological accessories such as adaptive forward lighting that swivels the headlamps in synch with vehicle steering, a power liftgate with adjustable height setting, an integrated hard disc drive for audio storage, and a dual-screen system for rear entertainment. Bluetooth compatibility comes standard and, if customers do not opt for the navigation system, then OnStar’s turn-by-turn navigation service also comes standard.

For the 2012 model of the SRX, Cadillac has prepared some content enhancements, including an improved voice recognition for phone activation, navigation, and radio station changes, a heated steering wheel on the Luxury, Performance, and Premium Collections, and door lock switches on the driver and passenger door panels. There will also be new cruise control buttons on the wheel, a new memory seat, and backlighting for map lights in the overhead console.

2013 Cadillac SRX

Cadillac SRX

For the 2013 model year, the SRX has received a new shift knob design, new steering wheel design and a new instrument cluster with new driver information center for CUE integration.

The SRX’s new CUE system pairs 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, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons.

Engine

Cadillac SRX

The 2010 Cadillac SRX is powered by a choice of two six cylinder power plants, which were both new to the luxury arm of GM at that time. The standard offering is a 3.0 Liter unit that produces 260 HP and the optional 2.8 Liter turbocharged mill makes a maximum output of 300 HP and thanks to direct gasoline injection reduces emissions by about a quarter. The engines are mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six speed automatic transmission that helps saving fuel by lowering the engine’s RPM when cruising at speed and is good for as much as 25 MPG on the highway.

Engines

Application:stdopt2012 Addition
Type:3.0L DOHC V-6 direct injection, variable valve timing, four valves per cylinder2.8L DOHC turbocharged V-6, four valves per cylinder3.0 liter direct-injected V-6
Displacement (cu in / cc):183 / 2994170 / 2792
Bore x stroke (in / mm):3.50 x 3.16 in / 89 x 80.33.50 x 2.94 in / 89 x 74.8
Block material:aluminumaluminumaluminum
Cylinder head material:aluminumaluminumaluminum
Valvetrain:DOHC, four valves per cylinderDOHC, four valves per cylinder
Ignition system:coil-on-plugcoil-on-plugcoil-on plug
Fuel delivery:high-pressure direct injectionsequential fuel injectiondirect-injection
Compression ratio:11.7:19.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):265 / 198 @ 6950300 / 224 @ 5500 (est)308 HP
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):223 / 302 @ 5100295 / 400 @ 2000 (est)265 lb.-ft. of torque
Recommended fuel:regular unleadedpremium unleadedE85 ethanol-capable
Max engine speed (fuel cut-off):70006500
Emissions controls:dual close-coupled catalysts and single underfloor catalyst; variable valve timing, evaporative systemdual close-coupled catalysts
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):18 / 25 (FWD)
17 / 23 (AWD)
15 / 21 (est)

Suspension and Transmission

Cadillac SRX

Facilitating traction control for the SRX is the rear eLSD. This system can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the wheel in icy or wet conditions and gives the driver enhanced control when cornering hard or completing a high-speed maneuver. The suspension includes a real-time damping system in conjunction with AWD that adjusts shock damping rates in response to road conditions for a smooth ride quality.

Transmission

Type:6T70 Hydra-Matic six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive transmissionAF40 Aisin Warner six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive transmission
Application:3.0L V-62.8L V-6
Gear ratios (:1):
First:4.484.15
Second:2.872.37
Third:1.841.56
Fourth:1.411.16
Fifth:1.000.86
Sixth:0.740.69
Reverse:2.883.39
Final drive ratio:3.393.75

Chassis/Suspension

  • Front suspension: independent, strut-type, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings
  • Rear suspension: linked H-arm, hollow stabilizer bar; real-time damping available
  • Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
  • Steering type: specifically calibrated hydraulic-power-assisted rack-and-pinion for V-6 models
  • Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 2.84
  • Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / M): 40.3 / 12.2
  • Steering ratio: 16.5:1

Brakes

  • Type: four-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS (and ESC); vented front and rear rotors; cast iron front calipers (two-piston) and aluminum rear calipers (single-piston)
  • Brake rotor diameter – front (in / mm): 13.6 / 345 x 1.2 / 30
  • Brake rotor diameter – rear (in / mm): 12.4 / 315 x 0.9 / 23
  • Swept area per rotor cheek (sq in / sq cm): front: 81.7 / 527.5; rear: 48.7 / 314.7
  • Safety

    Cadillac SRX

    Safety for the Cadillac SRX comes from the strong body structure and chassis that absorbs crash energy. This body is further protected with the use of martensitic steel - one of the strongest available - in the vehicle’s rocker panels. This steel protects occupants from a crash from the side, front, and rear for all-around protection.

    Additional safety features include standard head curtain side air bags, standard front seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags, front safety belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, rollover mitigation sensors, a pedal release system, trailer stability assist and OnStar.

    Pricing

    ModelDescriptionPrice
    3.0L V6 FWD
    • 265 hp 3.0L V6 VVT engine

    • 6-speed automatic transmission

    • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system

    • Enhanced full-color driver information center

    • 8-speaker Bose® Sound System

    • Push button start

    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    $33,330
    3.0L V6 FWD Luxury
    • Includes all 3.0L V6 features plus:
    • UltraView Sunroof
    • Power liftgate with memory height
    • Front and Rear Ultrasonic Parking Assist
    • Adaptive Remote Start
    • Cargo Management System
    • Interior Ambient Lighting
    • Wood trim, and more...
    $36,910
    3.0L V6 AWD Luxury$39,405
    3.0L V6 FWD Performance
    • Includes all 3.0L V6 Luxury features plus:

    • Pop-up touch screen Navigation4

    • 10-speaker Bose® 5.1 Cabin Surround® sound system

    • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting

    • 20" 7-spoke premium painted cast aluminum wheels

    • ZF Servotronic® 25 steering, and more...
    $41,350
    3.0L V6 AWD Performance$44,995
    3.0L V6 FWD Premium
    • Includes all 3.0L V6 Performance features plus:

    • Rear-seat independent audio controls

    • Tri-zone automatic electronic climate control

    • Keyless Access

    • Ventilated front seats

    • Heated outboard rear seats
    $43,895
    3.0L V6 AWD Premium$47,540
    2.8L V6 Turbo Performance
    • Includes all 3.0L V6 Luxury features plus:

    • 300hp 2.8L V6 Turbo engine

    • All-Wheel Drive

    • Real-time damping suspension

    • Pop-up touch screen Navigation4

    • 10-speaker Bose® 5.1 Cabin Surround® sound system

    • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting

    • 20" 7-spoke premium painted cast aluminum wheels

    • ZF Servotronic® 25 steering, and more
    $48,815
    2.8L V6 Turbo Premium
    • Includes all 2.8L V6 Turbo Performance features plus:

    • All-Wheel Drive

    • Rear-seat independent audio controls

    • Tri-zone automatic electronic climate control

    • Keyless Access

    • Ventilated front seats

    • Heated outboard rear seats
    $51,360

    Additional Equipment

    OptionPrice
    Protection Package (Dealer Installed Option), Includes molded splash guards, clear protective hood film and rear fascia protector. Dealer installed option.$380
    Engine Block Heater, Suggested for use in more northern climates, the block heater allows for easier starting in cold temperatures.$100
    20" Chrome Tech Aluminum Wheels, 20" chrome tech aluminum$250
    Black Roof Rack Cross Rails (Dealer Installed Option)$255
    Molded Splash Guards (Dealer Installed Option)$170
    Pet Guard, Heavy-duty barrier net$90
    Entertainment System, In-dash DVD with seat-mounted flip-up 8" diagonal screens, two 2-channel wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video jacks, remote game plug-in, and DivX playback capability$1,295
    Cargo Shade (Dealer Installed Option)$170
    AM/FM/XM Stereo, Single CD/DVD Player with Navigation$2,395
    AM/FM/XM Radio Including 2GB Virtual CD Player$300
    LPO, Black roof rack cross rails LPO, Black roof rack cross rails$255
    LPO, Molded splash guards LPO, Molded splash guards$170

    For 2012, the Cadillac SRX will also receive a heated steering wheel on the luxury, performance, and premium trim levels, and door lock switches on the driver and passenger door panels.

    Competition

    Cadillac SRX

    Lexus RX

    The 2010 Lexus RX is powered by a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 275 hp at 6,200 rpm and 256 lb.-ft. of peak torque available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm. Prices will begin at $37,625 for the front-wheel drive (FWD) model and $39,025 for the all-wheel drive (AWD) version.

    Acura MDX

    The 2010 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total output of 300 hp and 270 lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a new sequential shift six-speed automatic transmission. Prices will start at $42,230 for the MDX version and will go up to $53,755 for the MDX Advance & Entertainment Packages.

    BMW X5

    The BMW X5 is offered in three different trim levels on the US market. The X5 xDrive30i is powered by a 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine with 260 hp; it is priced at $47,600. The X5 xDrive48i is powered by a 4.8-liter, V-8 engine with 350 hp; it is powered by a $56,300. The X5 xDrive35d is powered by a 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine with 265 hp; it is priced at $51,300.

    Cadillac SRX
    LOVE IT
    • New engine for 2012
    • Nice Interior
    • Great handling
    LEAVE IT
    • Limited rear visibility
    • Fuel economy is not so great


    33 comments:

    But I don’t see why all the fuss over the car’s small rear window. It is really no big deal since it still pretty much gives a good view of the back of the car.

    Well, considering the great specs and all, I am a bit surprised about how small the rear window is. If you think of it, they could have kept the curvy feel of the car while still being able to a larger window for better visibility.

    Yes, he’s right, the Q3 is more in league with the lighter SUV’s. This one, though, is inline with the bigger models. And looking from the specs the SRX is really at par with other in the line.

    Well, the Audi Q3 is still yet to be released, so it is still not known if the two cars would actually be direct competitors of each other. But it would be a good idea to see how they would perform side by side.

    For a daily used car I do believe that it doesn’t need a horsepower more than 50 hp. And when it comes to competition. Well, I could say that this car is pricey.

    I just wonder, why does the Audi q3 wasn’t included in the list for competitors? However, for a Crossover would be a great options.

    Well they really made good on their promise to improve the SRX. That new engine would certainly attract lots of buyers to the car.

    Yeah, I would agreed. This one is very spacious, which would be quite suitable for a family car. On the other hand, the rear view problem can be easily taken care of easily.

    Yeah, I bet that would be a good family car since it’s five-seater. However, I think the competition in the market is not that tough because it’s cheaper compare to its competitor.

    Aesthetically,I can tell that this car has perfectly combined the luxury and sportiness. The passenger seat is kind of spacious. It can be considered as the best option for family car!

    Well, they have pretty much all the info about the car laid out in front of us, so we can now decide. For me I think this car would be good, though there are still some work that they ought to do.

    Nice, the front on this one really looks stylish. It kinda reminds me more of sports cars rather than traditional SUV’s. And its a good thing that they will be adding a bigger engine.

    I will say a V version of this would beat the pants off the M5 Touring and E63AMG
    Estate

    The 2.8L turbo only makes 255HP in the Saab (LP9). There doesn’t seem to be a 300HP version out there yet, so I don’t think anyone outside GM has driven it yet.

    I know everybody likes it, but I actually don’t, only because I think the front end is a bit gaudy. The CTS-V on the other hand, is pure sex, I think because of it’s simplicity and understated aggression. I wonder if Cadillac would put together a CTS-V wagon? I bet that’s be pretty sweet because otherwise, I like the CTS wagon.

    Truly stunning. The rear 3/4 view is the best. Spectacular job, GM.

    Another review, I know every car manufacturers would love to improve their cars. I guess, I shall admit, I cannot afford it! Haha.

    I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of GM, but their fuel economy isn’t that bad. They’re also not all that heavy compared to others in the same classes. GM vehicles like the Aveo that get bad mileage get it because they’re underdeveloped and unloved by GM brass.

    I like to read car magazines, and whenever they do side by side car comparisons GM vehicles usually are the heaviest of the bunch. That is why GM cars get poor fuel economy, it’s not that the engines are inefficient, it’s that the vehicle in self is overweight.

    Never really like huge cars from the beginning but the uniqueness of 2010 Cardillac SRX, makes me change my mind but only for this one.

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