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The current Cadillac SRX is a competent vehicle, although it hasn't come close to selling as many units as the Lexus RX350, let alone the Acura MDX. GM is looking to change that with the thoroughly revised 2010 Cadillac SRX. Gone are the station wagon looks and rear wheel drive, and in its place is a new front drive platform and sheetmetal that looks the part of a true crossover contender. General Motors has ditched its larger powertrains for an efficient 3.0L, direct injected V6 and a 300 horsepower, 2.8L turbocharged unit that have the potential to quell fears that the new 2010 model will be lacking in the performance department. We had the chance to speak with Cadillac Marketing Director Steve Shannon to get an in-depth tour of the new SRX, and you can get the inside story in the video after the jump.






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      • 6 Years Ago

      Looks quite nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      New version is less of driver's vehicle. Less car all together than previous model. Front end has pointed look from Camaro but different drivetrain altogether. The older SRX and CTS are more closer. Is this SRX going the way of Saab? Bean counters are only for short term gains. Dependability, and tech lux items should be the benchmark for today's caddy's. New model has a large rear blind spot while old one has very good visibility. Really...just needed to improve MPG on previous model and bring the pricing down by offering more bang for the buck option groups. 2008/09 lux model may be a choice for my 03 Allroad replacement. The upcoming CTS wagon I don't think will make the rear visibility cut w/ my misses. To much like the Magnum rental that she returned during an Atlanta venture. Hey - this was one of the reasons that hurt the wagons and helped the SUV's a couple of decades ago. Want to target more customers - make it practical as well. Misses for day to day with ease of transporting bags, kids, and dogs in the back - young families and older empty nesters. Don't forget a weekend launch for fishing or for pulling a small trailer loaded with lumber or debris. Both models already have both, just different levels which ultimately seals a sale providing pricing is similar. Luck may be needed with this new model to succeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'd better drive like no other car out there, because never again should there be another FWD Caddy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yawn....
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you look at the front-end at a certain position, it looks like Jay Leno's chin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, this is great, now I know how to pronounce "Shunk".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Both the CTS and this are beautifully done and huge improvements over their predecessors, which looked odd and ill-proportioned from numerous angles. There are a lot of great and subtle details, even if they get a bit overdone at times.

      That being said, I'm finding the origami school of design to be getting a bit stale. All they've really done over the past 10 YEARS since this look premiered on the Evoq concept is refine and perfect what was started then. There hasn't been much new. In fact the CTS and SRX come off as "do-overs" that look like the original blocky versions should have.

      Not sure what is next in the pipeline for them..the STS/DTS replacement? Hopefully they will take a few chances and start to evolve the design theme a bit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Neither the big-mouth Audi or beak-face Acura have been around for 10 years. I'm ready to see how Cadillac takes this now very established and identifiable style and evolves it to the next step.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And you are not complaining about gaping-maw Audi or pointy-eyes Acura? Finding some identity in design and then making it really nice is what its all about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that is a nice looking ride, wtg cadilac
      • 6 Years Ago
      Less sophisticated suspension, a 2.8L DI/Turbo that makes the same HP number as their 2.4L DI/Turbo, and FWD? Is this GM making progress? Not exactly a distinctive vehicle... should call this the Cimmaron II.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM doesn't make a 2.4 DI turbo (or indeed a 2.4 turbo at all), and their most powerful Ecotec makes 261HP (from the factory), not 300HP.

        So what exactly are you saying?
        • 6 Years Ago
        why not the LS2LS7: I am saying this is more of the same from GM.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is a motor that has been on Ward's 10 best for the last three years, and has won the International Engine of the Year award for the last two years. The 300 hp, 3.0L twin turbo BMW N54. This 2.8L looks like its going in the same direction, just less displacement and simpler. If it measures up to the N54, it has a very good reason for being.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bit of a stretch, don't you think.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob: After all these years, you still haven't figured the difference in the approach the domestic and import auto-industries, when it comes to engine technology.

        This has nothing to do with a company's abilities to extract power from a given displacement. Its just a difference in philosophy.

        Domestic approach: Larger displacement lightly stressed engines.

        Import approach: Smaller displacement highly stressed engines.

        While the 2.0DI Turbo will have 290 - 300 hp in the Solstice Coupe, That motor would not be very efficient in this large a vehicle.

        In an upscale vehicle the difference a highly stressed 4cly. motor and an unstressed 6cyl motor is noticeable. Its a matter of choice.

        4 Cylinder okay in the Vue.
        4 Cylinder not okay in the Cadillac.

      • 6 Years Ago
      He said people these days are buying the cars from the inside out....... ok so how does this compete with the Rx350?

      http://autoworld.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/lexus-rx-450h-interior-2010-img_1.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        The colors in the lexus are nice, but the overall design is sloppy and confused. The new Caddy has a much more cohesive and thought out interior. If the quality of the parts matches Lexus, it will have a good chance at making a strong dent in this segment. Driving dynamics should be good to excellent, as almost every new vehicle from GM (CTS, Malibu, ZR-1, G8, etc) has proven. Looking forward to seeing them in the street.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is good to see another very competitive entry by Cadillac in what has been an import stronghold. I can see no reason not to cross shop this against the X3, RDX, LR3 and so on. No one has mentioned, however the change from a 3-row to 2-row interior. That is pretty significant. In fact, it almost completely changes the target market. Might there a new 7-seater vehicle in the pipline?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great point about the switch from the 3-row option to 2 rows. The other change that no one's talking about is the switch from an RWD-based to a FWD-based chassis. Granted, handling isn't the most important selling point in a luxury SUV, but the old CTS-based SRX was one of the most athletic entries in its class. The new one, probably not so much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very competitive entry?
        It'll be a very competitive entry when it actually manages to sell in similar numbers as the vehicles you mentioned. And quite frankly, I find it pretty hard to believe that this will manage to sell in anything close to high volumes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only 7 seater will be either the all wheel drive station wagon from the CTS or the replacement for the Escalade. I thought it was weird for them not to make another version from the CTS considering what a great platform the past SRX had but they said the cost was to high and they did not want to invest in a new V8 with the low demand that the last one had. The old SRX just missed the mark in the looks department but was really a great SUV when compared to the other SUV's out there. Once GM updated the interior it was a great car to be in and I will be looking for a used one at more then half off soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dear GM,
        Please take this platform and bring back the kick ass GMC Typhoon (once the fastest SUV on earth - some say still is). We need a modern Cayenne Turbo & BMW X6 M Turbo fighter. Please? My 93 Ty is getting long in the tooth.

        Sincerely
        Frank Black
        • 6 Years Ago
        You make a great point. I was in the market for a 7 Seater back in '08 and ended up buying the Volvo XC90. When I saw the new SRX I was ready to dump the Volvo and get it EXCEPT now there's no 3rd row. Bummer! I'm sure their sales analysis probably shows that the vast majority of SRX's sold did not have the 3rd row or something. Regardless, I'd like to buy American but I need a 3rd row. The Caddy was the only one that had the fit and finish that I liked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was hoping they'd kill this car/truck, but it actually looks really good. I guess we'll see if Caddy can pull another cat out of their hat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dearly want a Subaru for their performance and longevity, but I also want to support an American made car, (being kept alive through OUR tax dollars, mind you!) for the sake of being patriotic? I want to see how well the 'XWD' turbo handles, for GM just gained my interest, as well as my checking account.
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