• Jul 12th 2006 at 4:25PM
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Cadillac is borrowing a page out of its own book -- one written decades ago -- to offer consumers an interior in the 2007 Cadillac SRX that's hand-crafted by GM's finest.

The luxury crossover offers up a richer cabin thanks to what GM calls its "cut and sew" method, a manual manufacturing process allowing for decorative French stitching and hand-wrapped coverings on the doors, center console and instrument panel. The result is a hand-tailored appearance, higher quality, softer surfaces and an overall more luxurious feel, the automaker says.

Modern technology complements the old world craftmanship with an upgraded sound system for the 2007 model, including a standard Bose audio system with digital surround sound and a jack for an iPod or other media player.

(Full release and more pics after the jump)

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[Source: General Motors]

2007 SRX: Cadillac Adds Hand-Crafted Elegance To Its Luxury Crossover

All-new interior enhances award-winning crossover

DETROIT -- 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.

The new SRX cabin utilizes Cadillac's new "cut-and-sew" interior process that combines advanced technology with the hand-rendered precision of expert craftsmen. Coverings for components such as the instrument panel, center console and door trim are cut, sewn and wrapped mostly by hand. This enables details such as decorative French stitching, and the near elimination of gaps and seams for a superbly tailored appearance. This is the same painstaking process applied to Cadillac's limited-production STS-V and XLR-V models, bringing old-world craftsmanship into the heart of the luxury marketplace.

"The SRX is the latest and most complete example of our new approach to interiors, blending advanced technology with the hand craftsmanship that was once, and is again becoming, a Cadillac trademark," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "This new interior adds to SRX's compelling package of design, performance, luxury and value, within the practicality of a crossover vehicle."

The 2007 SRX's redesigned cabin is more inviting and luxurious, with softer surfaces, new flush mounted switches and controls, and enhanced storage. The streamlined new design features a clever "hidden" storage compartment on the passenger side of the instrument panel. The wood trim on the passenger side deploys to reveal a surprisingly wide added storage bin above the existing glove box.

Another example of the detailed execution of SRX interior is also found on the passenger side of the instrument panel. The now-universal use of front air bags on new vehicles normally requires a visible "door" or opening in the dash. The hand assembly of SRX's instrument panel enables the passenger front air bag to be invisibly concealed. Craftsmen use a technique called "skiving" to carve tiny perforations into the reverse side of the material, through which the air bag can deploy. This eliminates the conventional plastic cover and the corresponding gaps seen on nearly all other vehicles.

The wood trim on SRX envelops the cockpit, starting on the rear doors and continuing to the front doors and through the instrument panel. The optional trim uses a particularly rich authentic wood called Sapele Pommele. Sapele (sa-pell-i) is an exotic wood from East Africa , rarely used on luxury cars, more often favored by makers of fine home furnishings and high-end acoustic guitars.

SRX's in-vehicle electronics and entertainment also receive a major enhancement for 2007. The renowned Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround ™ digital audio system is available as an option for the first time on SRX. The previous Bose system that had been optional now becomes standard. Also, SRX will offer a "theater" package consisting of Bose ™ 5.1 Cabin Surround ™ , DVD navigation and rear seat DVD entertainment. The audio system now also features an auxiliary port for connecting MP3 devices such as an IPod.

Named Car and Driver magazine's Best Luxury SUV for an unprecedented third consecutive year, the SRX luxury crossover delivers outstanding performance. The standard 3.6-liter V6 delivers good acceleration and fuel economy. The 2007 model also adds a six-speed automatic transmission (Northstar V8 models only) and a new Sport model. The Sport model includes a fresh exterior look with body-colored front and rear fascias and optional 18- or 20-inch wheels. The 20-inch wheels are the largest offered on any luxury crossover vehicle.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The air vents are crooked.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is certainly a vast improvement. I'm sorry they dumped the Saab-style vents, which were the only thing I liked from the current model's interior, but that is significantly outweighed by the overall improvement.

      I agree that the assymetrical wood trim on the passenger side appears a little odd in these pics, but it may look just fine when you are in the car. Hopefully, the wood can be substitiuted for something else entirely that manages not to look cheesy.

      Its not yet world class, but it is compeitive now. It is no longer THE reason not to consider an SRX. Or CTS, since I'm sure it will have a very similar, if not identical design.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sure its better than the current interior. But, the assymetrical wood looks Awful in the passenger side. The center stack looks like an Add On after thought. The dash doesn't look integrated and the design does not flow. Plus the air vents are Ugly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Despite winning many comparison tests, sales of the SRX have been nearly the lowest in its segment. A price that was a bit too high at intro took its toll, but the interior was also a big reason. This one should help. I'm interested in seeing how much the new materials improve the ambiance.

      Upholstery on the door panels and console usually earns big points in my book -- without the Ultra Lux package that adds these bits, the Lexus LS doesn't feel nearly as nice inside.

      Cadillac has brought the price down a bit lately. To compare the 2006:


      On the topic of SUVs, I see that Acura has released RDX pricing. Time to get that one into my database...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Definitely a substantial improvement... but my unpleasant 9 months with an 05 SRX turned me off to Cadillac for a long time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      a world class interior? seriously? the stereo and climate controls look like they were lifted from a hyundai. also, there is no continuity in the angles, and the combination of curved and angled surfaces looks poorly done.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There you go again Michael. Post whoring yourself into a conversation about your business and your site. http://www.truedelta.com/

      I've seen some very well written analysis and thought-provoking opinion pieces elsewhere (TTAC, etc) but why do you feel the pathological need to bring up something about your site here? http://www.truedelta.com/
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hooray for GM...Now if they'd just pay attention to the rest of their brands like they are doing with Cadillac, we wouldn't have to suffer their embarrassing blunders (cars that look feel and scream cheap)
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      gorgeous. The radio and climate control don't seem to be parts-bin either. hopefully this will keep C&D entertained for another year so the vehicle can remain in the top-10 until its redesign. I am very proud of Cadillac
      • 9 Years Ago
      hooray for GM. This was always a good looking, excellent-handling crossover. Now with what looks to be a world-class interior, they can compete on merit with the best in class: X5, FX45, M-class, MDX, and others.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The appearence is handsome. I still be most surfaces are plastic and the hides are so thin you can see through them. Just like all the ones I have owned; in a year the seats will look like crap.
      I just purchased a new SUV two weeks ago. When I compaird the Cadillac with the new RX 350 had I had more confidence in the material Cadillac used I would have consider it more. As it stands the RX had much better fit and finish. That's what's in the garage now. I so want Cadillac to be what it was.
      A side note, I stopped for a terrible wreck yesterday on the way home. A gentleman driving a Cadillac Seville was hit head-on by a lady in a 2001 Honda Accord. The lady in the Honda was talking and able to walk. The gentleman in the Seville was killed. It was not an off-set head on, but direct. I can't believe GM's flagship car did not protect this man better. Maybe they should be looking at safety too.
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