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.
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.
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.
Press release after the jump.
First launched in Europe in 2004, the crossover Cadillac SRX set a new trend in combining the sporty exterior and driving dynamics of a luxury station wagon with the offroad capabilities and interior space of a sport utility vehicle. Further enhancing the appeal of the SRX for 2007, are a redesigned interior, a competitively priced rear-wheel-drive V-6 model, an enhanced V-8 Northstar model with six-speed automatic gearbox, a Sport Package and the option of RHD.
For two decades, Dana Buchman has created clothes for the women who run America ’s businesses, communities and families. Now, this vaunted New York fashion house has created the ultimate accessory, the Cadillac SRX Sport by Dana Buchman. Just as Dana Buchman fashions easily cross over from corporate to casual occasions, the midsize Cadillac SRX Sport is a luxury crossover vehicle that’s equally at home in the city or on a winding country road. The SRX Sport’s exterior is covered with rich DuPont Gold Mist tri-coat paint.
Cadillac is temporarily extending the range of the dynamic BLS and versatile SRX with an important new variant: the Executive. For a great price this adds a number of luxurious accessories to the already very generous level of standard equipment on both models. For example, every Cadillac comes as standard with six airbags, alloy wheels and air conditioning.
The Cadillac SRX has earned an award-winning reputation for its crisp design, outstanding performance, practical functionality and value. Named Car and Driver magazine’s Best Luxury SUV for an unprecedented third consecutive year, SRX luxury crossover enters the 2007 model year with an all-new, elegantly handcrafted interior.
The Cadillac SRX crossover, critically acclaimed for its innovative design in one of the industry’s hottest new segments, now borrows a page from Cadillac’s rich and elegant past. The 2007 SRX, launching in August, debuts a redesigned, hand-crafted luxury interior, bringing elegant Cadillac tradition into the modern world of the crossover vehicle.