GM Reveals 2010 Cadillac SRX Details Ahead of Detroit Introduction

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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Author: Kevin Miller

As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.

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  1. I’m not interested in this type of vehicle because I’m not a crossover kind of guy, but it looks much improved. It’s interesting that they went from 7 seats to 5 in the new model.

  2. I’m surprised to see that they went with the turbo 2.8 liter as the uplevel engine instead of the 3.6 liter version of the DI V6. My guess is that the combination of keeping things simple between the SRX and its upcoming Saab 9-4x platform-mate, plus fuel economy concerns are what ended up leading them down this road.

    I prefer the style of this to the old SRX, but I can’t help but think (and this may be personal bias) that this styling and the proportions look better on the CTS – including the sport wagon – than they do on this.

    The interior looks very good; I look forward to checking it out in person. The steering wheel is identical to the one in my CTS, and indeed the entire center stack’s radio/HVAC controls appears to be taken intact from the CTS. The individual temperature controls are still placed very low, but at least the displays seem to have been moved; last night, we rode as a family in the CTS for the first time in a while, and my wife was asking me what the car’s temperature was set at, since it’s only displayed by the driver’s knee, facing the driver when the dual temperature mode is not activated.

    Other improvements I’ve noticed over the CTS include an electric parking brake (the CTS-V has this) and true pushbutton start, which inexcusably requires a twisting motion of a fake key on the steering column in the CTS. There appears to be much more interior storage as well, such as the large bin at the bottom of the center stack.

    Not that I could do a better job, but whoever Photoshopped the interior needs to take his/her time and make those gauges look better. I hope they aren’t really black-on-white, which looks silly, and the Cadillac logo in the center position is directly facing the viewer rather than being offset at the same angle as the rest of the dash.

    With the car a week away from journalists sitting in it and slamming doors, couldn’t they have found time to take real interior photos? Jeez.

  3. Exciting turbo V6 with intelligent 4-wheel is an impressive step for any GM SUV. With the right tires, promises to be much better than any normal snow 4
    et al. In exterior is disapointingly derivative. Remembering swelling of Sebring and the wind blowing from the Lexus. As could easily be Chevy or Chrysler ridiculous for the whole-mouth grille for the first time in the CTS. I would say, face a mother could love. Unfortunately, when braking and promise that they are very good, as the mother of kilometers and the total weight of the SRX is a gas guzzler, it is not appropriate for all purposes a family trip.

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