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2010 Cadillac SRX Officially Revealed

Safety & Comfort over Power & Economy

The 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover has been made officially official today, just one week before the start of the North American International Auto Show.  A mid-size luxury crossover, the next generation SRX will be prominently displayed in Detroit.

Featuring a choice between two different direct injection V6 engines, it seems Cadillac is a bit unsure what the real purpose of this vehicle is.  On the one hand, Cadillac is claiming this SUV crossover to be very fuel efficient.  In reality, the SUV will get no better than 25 mpg on the highway, and worse in the city.

The company is also touting the vehicle's "excellent performance."  But if the curb weight of the new SRX is even close to the previously announced range of 4300 to 4600 lbs., then the 260 hp standard 3.0-liter engine will simply not do the job.  Granted, that is five more horses under the hood than the current standard SRX engine, but the available SRX weighs anywhere from 200 to 500 lbs less than the next gen.

It is worth noting that the optional 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 does get 300 horsepower with 295 ft-lb of torque, making the engine similar in power ratings to class competitor Infiniti EX35.  However, the EX35 base model weighs nearly 1,000 pounds less than the next Cadillac SRX will.  And the EX35 costs as much as $10,000 less than the SRX.

Engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with an "eco-mode" setting.  When enabled, eco-mode changes the shift points for maximum fuel economy.

If you just look at the features of the Cadillac SRX, it may be enough to make you glaze over the mediocre fuel economy and modest power ratings.  The SRX comes with a retractable navigation screen at the center of the instrument console.  Headlights change their angle in tandem with the steering wheel.  The liftgate is powered, and has an adjustable height setting.  A hard disc drive is built in for mp3 storage, while two video screens are integrated for a rear entertainment system.  Bluetooth and OnStar come standard.

All-wheel-drive is available as an option, along with an electronic limited-slip differential.  18" wheels come standard, with 20-inch wheels available as an option.  The large five-seater is capable of towing 3,500 pounds.

One thing is for sure: the new SRX is built more for safety and comfort than performance and fuel efficiency.  The body and chassis were built to be strong, and not necessarily light.  Heavy martensitic steel was used at various points to protect passengers from intrusion into the cabin during a side-impact crash.  That steel was also used to prevent damage to the frame in front and rear crashes.  Head curtain air bags come standard, as does pelvic side air bags.  Seat belts have two pretensioners to hold passengers tight in their seats, while a rollover-prevention system hopes to make those seatbelts less necessary.

Because there are many pros and cons to this vehicle, we will try and reserve final judgement until we get final pricing and specifications on the next generation crossover.  But, since a Front-Wheel-Drive Cadillac SRX Crossover with the base engine has an estimated 0-60 mph time of around 8.3 seconds, which would be a full 2.0 seconds slower than the base Rear-Wheel-Drive Infiniti EX35, we are not incredibly excited.

The new 2010 Cadillac SRX Crossover will premiere on Sunday, January 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Published Jan 4, 2009 2:42 pm By Zack Newmark
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Cadillac unveiled the next-generation 2010 SRX Crossover today, featuring a completely new design and more-efficient, high-technology engine choices. The new SRX is a mid-size luxury crossover coming to the North American International Auto Show next week.

“The all-new SRX is a fresh and compelling crossover aimed squarely at the priorities of luxury buyers,” said Mark McNabb, North America vice president, Cadillac/Premium Channel. “With new technologies for increased efficiency and safety, the redesigned 2010 SRX Crossover focuses on both the emotional and pragmatic sides of the luxury consumer.”

The 2010 SRX is designed for efficient performance, including the choice of two high-tech six-cylinder engines that are new to Cadillac – the smallest-displacement engines it offers in North America. A new, 3.0L direct injected V-6 engine is standard and a new, 2.8L turbocharged V-6 is optional. Both engines employ technology that helps produce strong performance that is typical of larger-displacement engines. Direct injection enables a 25-percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. Fuel economy in the mid-20s on the highway is expected, but testing isn’t complete.

Performance and safety are enhanced by an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that is designed to optimize vehicle handling and stability in all driving conditions. The AWD system includes an advanced 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.

The 2010 SRX rides on a wide track that was designed to deliver a nimble, responsive driving experience. It seats five, with generous occupant and cargo room, and can tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,587 kg).

Distinctive design and craftsmanship

“Cadillac is known for bold design. The 2010 SRX Crossover builds on that reputation,” said Clay Dean, Cadillac global design director. “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.”

A multi-piece shield grille and Cadillac’s iconic vertical headlamps – with light pipe technology and available adaptive forward lighting – are the face of the SRX. They blend into a tightly wrapped, sweeping body that tapers downward at the rear, giving the vehicle a sporty profile, Dean said.

The SRX features a wide stance, minimal overhang and wheels pushed to corners. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 20-inch wheels are offered. A bold accent line dives across the body side and culminates at a chrome front fender vent that incorporates a side marker lamp. An integrated spoiler on the rearward edge of the roof extends the sleek lines and improves aerodynamics.

“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. A signature example of the SRX’s attention to detail is the Cadillac script logos in the front door sill plates that illuminate when the doors are opened.

Advanced technology and entertainment systems

The 2010 SRX features numerous advanced electronic systems. Highlights include a “pop-up” navigation screen with three-dimensional imaging; adaptive forward lighting that swivels the headlamps in synch with vehicle steering; 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.

Efficient performance

The SRX is powered by a new, fuel-efficient direct injected 3.0L V-6 that delivers an estimated 260 horsepower (193 kW) and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Direct injection results in more power, better fuel economy and lower emissions, all will a smaller-displacement package. As a result, the new V-6 engine is expected to raise the SRX’s standard power rating by 5 horsepower, while achieving an estimated 1 0-15-percent fuel economy improvement.

The 3.0L direct injection V-6 is a smaller-displacement version of the 3.6L, direct injection engine featured in the CTS sport sedan and named one of the world’s 10 Best Engines for 2009 by Ward’s Automotive. Along with direct injection technology, the 3.0L engine employs variable valve timing to optimize power and fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission helps save fuel by lowering the engine’s rpm at constant highway speeds, while manual shift control enables greater driver interaction when desired. The new SRX includes a driver-selectable “eco mode” that alters transmission shift points to maximize fuel economy.

“The 2010 SRX will deliver excellent, balanced driving dynamics in all types of weather,” said Bob Reuter, global vehicle chief engineer. “The all-wheel-drive system with electronic limited slip effectively transfers torque not only from front to rear, but also along the rear axle. This system sets a new benchmark for all all-wheel-drive systems, giving the driver control and confidence on any road surface.”

Traction control is taken a step further on AWD models with the rear eLSD. In icy or wet conditions, the system can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the wheel that has more grip. The eLSD also gives the driver enhanced control when cornering hard or completing a high-speed maneuver, such as a lane change, by momentarily applying more or less torque to either of the wheels to help the rear of the vehicle more closely follow the direction of the front wheels.

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.

Enhanced safety

SRX’s safety features are designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash. A strong body structure and chassis that absorbs crash energy is complemented by the use of martensitic steel in the fully enclosed rocker sections. Martensitic steel is one of the strongest available and its use in the rockers helps protect against intrusion during a side-impact crash, while also maintaining the structure during front and rear crashes.

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.


The SRX was also designed to meet European pedestrian protection standards; and the front bumper is positioned for greater compatibility with car bumpers.

Production begins in the second quarter of 2009, with dealer availability shortly thereafter.

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Comments (23)

Titus2
An 8 second acceleration for an SUV is a very good time. One second less than that and you can call it a sports car, which it shouldn't be. 260 hp isn't enought? If you want to go racing, then go buy yourself a sports car... Simple.
Mar 21, 2009 2:20 am
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BabyMilo
now that is shokingly awful. Come on Caddy you have made some great looking cars and now you give us this?(!).
Jan 6, 2009 12:00 am
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ghent2008
You're uglier than this u 13 yo boy ;)
Feb 27, 2009 8:29 pm
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121GW
That has to be one of the best looking interiors I've ever seen... and it's from GM - what a shocker! Hopefully, they've adressed the weight, performance, fuel economy and price (Infiniti EX35 should be it's benchmark). Otherwise, it's just another piece of sheetmetal gathering dust at a yet to close Cadillac delearship.
Jan 5, 2009 3:32 pm
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dom6698
what about this new 250hp 2.9 V6 TD which is supposed to be going in the CTS? Also, GM still get some FIAT diesels
Jan 5, 2009 1:48 pm
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Kakaofos
What for it has that huge front bamper? It looks like bulldozer. I don't thik this could compete with BMW X5. Nothing more than Murano or Tribeca.
Jan 5, 2009 1:38 pm
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afterace2
Nice work, I find Cadillac the most successfull american brand at the moment, if not the only successfull one. Their recent models (namely the CTS and this) approach the Europeans and Japanesee makers dangerously close. Now If they could introduce an STS replacement toghether with a new, refined BLS, they may be able to rescue GM.
Jan 5, 2009 12:55 pm
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afterace2
and BTW., you really need to introduce diesel versions for Europe, this is the only way!
Jan 5, 2009 12:56 pm
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boyke69
Nice one Cadillac, first the CTS and now this. Please make the STS and DTS replacement a great one.
Jan 5, 2009 10:51 am
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Meeshka
Looks like a mix between the RX, Maurono and the Chrysler SUV.
Jan 5, 2009 6:34 am
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Joe_Limon
Wow, that thing is tiny! It looks a lot bigger in the pictures then in the movie. Hmm, I don't like the side vents though, they seem really out of place on a crossover.
Jan 5, 2009 5:06 am
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sub39h
beg/borrow/steal a decent diesel engine from a Euro manufacturer and hope the economy picks up a bit. that's the only hope this car has! (which is a shame, because it's a damn sight better looking than a RR Sport, ML, X3, Lexus RX or the Infiniti thing.)
Jan 5, 2009 1:51 am
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sub39h
and for the record, i hate SUVs :p
Jan 5, 2009 1:51 am
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hata0101
yep...another reason why big 3 fell...they made American love SUV, then they keep pumping new SUV to the market for short-sight profit, then forget what's need to be done for the future (e.g. the success story of toyota prius vs. GM's Volt still not materialize & available yet). look at asian & european countries, SUV never pick up! they're dinosaur only american love. like the british said: the IQ of the drivers of Hummer are equal to its MPG. everyday while i'm driving, i look at all those big-ass SUV on the highway with the driver only...what's wrong with these people??
Jan 5, 2009 2:44 am
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ATTESA45
This cadillac ugliest from all cadillacs. And don't compare this ugly junk with Acura/Infiniti/Lexus because they prettier and better in all aspects
Jan 5, 2009 2:54 am
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ATTESA45
If I buy new car then just Infiniti/Acura/Lexus not GM junk. By the way this Cadillac looks stupid
Jan 4, 2009 11:39 pm
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rcw
Has anyone else noticed some of the very subtle design similarities between new CTS, SRX and new Chevy's (Malibu and Cruze) in regards to the dashboard design? Something about the dual cowl effect and the way the dash angles down into the center console. They aren't exactly the same but similar enough to make me think of each other. Also, something about the C-pillars of the CTS and Malibu seem similar. Don't get me wrong, I think they are both outstanding cars within their range and I can actually say that I wouldn't be offended at the idea of driving/owning either of them. I think both designs are actually pretty excellent it just seems like the same designers were at work but on different brands.
Jan 4, 2009 11:35 pm
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benz_man
GM should have found a way to make the turbo 4 from the Solstice work. Better economy, tq, and "green image". After all the re-engineering for front-drive duty, they could even spread it across the other lines. They did the opposite with the Northstar, so it's obvious they have the capacity.
Jan 4, 2009 11:10 pm
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_M7_
nice Nissan MURANO ...ohhh its an american SUV...XD
Jan 4, 2009 9:45 pm
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hata0101
don't get it wrong, toyota, nissan, honda are japanese owned factory in america WITHOUT those unfair terms & benefits of UAW. eventually, their culture & management style are totally different compare with small....oops, big 3. yep, murano is a nice SUV, beat this new SRX hands down.
Jan 4, 2009 10:53 pm
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carcrazy1234
reality check people --- "In reality, the SUV will get no better than 25 mpg on the highway, and worse in the city.".... that's truly pathetic. however, everything else on this ride is excellent, design and everything.
Jan 4, 2009 8:13 pm
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RS5
I'm actually quite impressed with this car. Nice one Cadillac! Finally a worthy American crossover to compete with its German and Japanese counterparts. Not quite as refined, but it is evident Cadillac learned some things from the CTS. It's just the front that looks too big and awkward. One thing I don't agree with is the Safety & Comfort over Power & Economy thing. Car accidents are relatively few compared to all those cars out there, and I think economy and performance are what people look for more than safety, which is why I don't necessarily like cars designed with safety as a priority. I agree with the article; I don't think the 260hp 3.0 will do it for this car. But overall, nice design. Proves that GM has the potential to break out of its cycle of feeble/mediocre vehicles.
Jan 4, 2009 8:11 pm
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Motor_Yakuza
The car looks very good, if they kill Saturn, with the Vue out of the way, it has big chances to sell very well.
Jan 4, 2009 8:05 pm
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