My test vehicle for the past week was the first Cadillac SRX I’d ever driven, and judging by the comments of automotive pundits gleaned hither and yon, the 2012 model is the one the General finally got right. Notably, the SRX now boasts a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 308 horses on tap, 16% more than the old 3.0-liter (a 2.8-liter V6 turbo was also available but much sneered at). It is, indeed, a superb engine, capable of hauling this beauty to 60 from a standstill in (per dependable Swiss chronometry) 6.8 seconds, with a nice satisfying snarl under the hood. I ascertained this important fact as early into my stewardship of the thing as possible. So far so good, I thought.
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.