By Kevin Miller
GM has released information about the 2010 Cadillac SRX, ahead of the second-generation crossover’s debut next week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The premium-segment crossover, intended to compete in the marketplace with vehicles such as the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, and BWW X3 and X5 gets a completely new design, as well as two engine choices not seen before in the SRX. The crossover seats five, a departure from the outgoing vehicle’s available seating for seven.
The 2010 SRX is a front- or all-wheel drive crossover, available with two high-tech six-cylinder engines. The new SRX breaks from the first-generation vehicle’s tradition of rear- or all-wheel-drive and available 320 HP 4.6 liter Northstar V8. The two six-cylinder engines in the new SRX are new to Cadillac, and are the smallest-displacement engines the marque offers in North America.
A new, 3.0 liter direct injected V-6 engine good for 260 HP and 221 lb-ft torque is standard. This powerplant is a smaller version of the 3.6 liter direct-injection engine found in the CTS, and it provides five more horsepower than the base engine in the outgoing SRX, with an expected improvement of fuel economy between ten and fifteen percent. An optional 2.8 liter turbocharged V-6 has an output of 300 HP, 295 lb-ft. Each is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The SRX can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
The SRX will feature an available all-wheel-drive system that is designed to optimize vehicle handling and stability in all driving conditions. The AWD system includes an available electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) that distributes torque as needed from side to side along the rear axle, as well as from the front to rear axle. The pre-emptive, active-on-demand system provides an extra measure of capability in wet or icy conditions.
On the exterior, the new SRX eschews the outgoing model’s slab-sided, early Art and Science styling for a thoroughly updated, modern interpretation of Cadillac’s design theme. Clay Dean, Cadillac global design director notes, “As with the 2008 CTS, we advanced our Art and Science design to create a crossover for style-conscious customers. The exterior features a dramatic diving gesture on the body side to impart the feeling of movement, even at rest.” Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 20-inch wheels are offered.
“Inside the new SRX, technical precision blends with old-world craftsmanship,” Dean said. “Hand-cut-and-sewn coverings on the instrument panel and ambient lighting details convey a finely tailored cabin.” An integrated center stack houses controls for climate and audio systems, while the navigation system rises from the center of the instrument panel as it does in Cadillac’s CTS.
Among the available luxury-grade equipment are adaptive forward lighting, a power liftgate with adjustable height setting, integrated hard disc drive for audio storage, and a dual-screen system for rear entertainment. Bluetooth compatibility is standard, as is OnStar’s turn-by-turn navigation service for buyers who do not select the car’s navigation system option.
The optional 2.8 liter turbocharged six and the AWD system with eLSD featured in the 2010 SRX are derived from powertrain components which have been used in the Saab 9-3 range of vehicles. The engine was introduced in the 9-3 Aero for 2006, and the slick AWD system was mated to an up-rated version of that mill in the 2008 Turbo X. The SRX has been engineered in parallel with the upcoming Saab 9-4x crossover, which explains the Saab-sourced parts. Introduction of the 9-4x has been delayed due to GM’s financial trouble.
The photos show the SRX to be a good looking vehicle; it will be nice to see it in person next week in Detroit. The SRX (and the 9-4x) will be manufactured at GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant. Production of the SRX is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2009, with dealer availability shortly thereafter.
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