• Jan 11th 2009 at 3:28PM
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Click image above for live gallery of the 2010 Cadillac SRX from Detroit

When the 2010 Cadillac SRX rolled onto the stage at the Detroit Auto Show, we knew what was to expect. But seeing it in the sheetmetal gave us a new found respect for the styling of the Caddy crossover.

It's an all-new vehicle for Cadillac, replacing the very competent, but slow-selling current model. The only carryover is the name, although a lot of the mechanicals have appeared in the corporate garage before. It also signals a switch for the General, as they've ditched the larger powertrains for an efficient direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 and a 300 horsepower, 2.8-liter turbocharged unit. Sounds like it will have performance to match its sexy good looks. Read all about the details and watch the live reveal after the jump.

Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips, Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.


DETROIT – 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 10-15-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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2010 Cadillac SRX
Body style / driveline:
five-door, 5-passenger front engine transaxle; front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive mid-luxury crossover vehicle
steel body frame integral; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, and liftgate
EPA vehicle class:
sport utility vehicle
Manufacturing location:
Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Key competitors:
Lexus RX; Acura MDX; BWW X3 and X5

3.0L DOHC V-6 direct injection, variable valve timing, four valves per cylinder
2.8L DOHC Turbo V-6, four valves per cylinder
Displacement (cu in / cc):
182 cu in / 2986 cc
170 cu in / 2792 cc
Bore x stroke (in / mm):
3.50 x 3.16 in / 89 x 80.3
3.50 x 2.94 in / 89 x 74.8
Block material:
Cylinder head material:
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Ignition system:
pencil Coil
Fuel Delivery:
high-pressure direct injection
PFI returnless
Compression ratio:
Horsepower (hp / kw @ rpm):
260 / 193 @ 6950 (est)
300 / 224 @ 5500 (est)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
221 / 300 @ 5600 (est)
295 / 400 @ 1850 (est)
Recommended fuel:
regular unleaded; E85 capable
premium unleaded
Max engine speed (fuel cut-off):
Emissions Controls:
dual close-coupled catalysts and single underfloor catalyst; variable valve timing, evaporative system
dual close-coupled catalysts
Fuel economy (city / hwy)

6T70 Hydra-Matic six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive transmission
AF40 Aisin Warner six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive transmission
3.0L V-6

2.8L V-6
Gear ratios (:1):

Final Drive:
Additional features:
clutch-to-clutch operation (except 1-2); integrated transmission electro-hydraulic control module with driver shift control
clutch-to-clutch operation (except 1-2); integrated transmission electro-hydraulic control module with driver shift control

Chassis and Suspension
Front suspension:
independent, strut-type, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings
Rear suspension:
linked H-arm, hollow stabilizer bar; real-time damping available
Traction control:
all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type:
specifically calibrated hydraulic-power-assisted rack-and-pinion for V-6 models
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / M):
40.3 / 12.2

Steering ratio:

Four-wheel power-asssited disc with ABS (and ESC); vented front and rear rotors; aluminum calipers front and rear (two-piston front calipers, single-piston rear calipers)
Brake rotor diameter – front (in / mm):
13.6 / 345 x 1.2 / 30
Brake rotor diameter – rear (in / mm):
12.4 / 315 x 0.9 / 23
Total swept area (cu cc):
front: 179.4
rear: 72

Wheels and Tires
Wheel size and type:
18-inch aluminum (std on all models)
20-inch aluminum (opt on all models)
P235/65R18 AL3
P235/55R20 AL3 or 235/55R20 HW4

Exterior Dimensions
Overall length (in / mm):
190.2 / 4833
Overall width (in / mm):
75.1 / 1910
Overall height (in / mm):
65.6 / 1668
Wheelbase (in / mm):
110.5 / 2807
Front track (in / mm):
64.0 / 1626
Rear track (in / mm):
63.7 / 1620

Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity (front / rear):
2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm):
front: 39.7 / 1009
rear: 38.4 / 976
Legroom (in / mm):
front: 41.2 / 1047
rear: 36.3 / 923
Shoulder room (in / mm):
front: 58.3 / 1481
rear: 56.2 / 1430
Hip room (in / mm):
front: 55.4 / 1408
rear: 54.7 / 1391
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L) :
100.6 / 2848.6
EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):
129.8 / 3675.5
Cargo volume behind first-row seats (cu ft / L):
61.18 / 1732.4
Cargo volume behind second-row seats (cu ft / L):
29.20 / 826.8

Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):
3.0L: 2500 / 1136 (without towing package)
3.0L: 3500 / 1590 (with towing package)
2.8L: 3500 / 1590 (with towing package)
Maximum tongue weight (lb / kg):
350 / 158
Fuel tank (gal / L):
21 / 79.5
Cooling system (qt / L):
3.0L: 12.4 /11.7
2.8L: 12.6 /11.9

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't find this attractive one bit.....

      It looks retarded to be honest....theirs much better looking vehicles that are already one the market

      The interior looks very cheap also.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm guessing you quoted that straight from your "GM and Ford Hating for Dummies" book, since it doesn't appear that you are capable of thinking for yourself.

        Sorry for feeding the troll everyone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      who would buy this? i get the escalade, the cts, the sts, even the escalade pickup, but a crossover? a trendy category that hasnt produced a strong seller or a car with it's own character yet. chrome, wood, 20 inch wheels, fake fender vents... it looks flashy but it is a niche vehicle with no niche. or i'm completely wrong ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really... who can beat a live blog from the Detroit show today... sick new/future rides and great football on tv. i'm in heaven!

      As for the SRX... not bad Caddy! If it's "affordable", it could be added to the short list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That really is hideous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All these new Cadillacs look SPECTACULAR.

      The CTS, the SRX and the Escalade are at the top of the Big 3's game.

      I just want the CTS-Coupe V-series (CTC-V) That's all. Haven't gotten it yet but, I know its coming.

      The only thing I don't like is that the styling is "love it/hate it" and that the price will be steep for people now that we are having a credit crisis for the next decade.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Cadillac has developed a brand identity like no other. There is no mistaking it's a Cadillac, and that's good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The SRX was also designed to meet European pedestrian protection standards."

      Does the U.S. stricter standards or Europe?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmmm so when car makers say they can't bring the car over to the U.S. because they don't meet U.S. crash standards, what exactly are they talking about?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Europe is stricter, since the US doesn't have any pedestrian protection standards that I know of. :/

        I don't even think there is a bumper height requirement between passenger cars and trucks, but I may be wrong on that one.

        The euro standards result in many noses and hoods looking similar (how the Legacy concept looks like a passat a big) and recessed wipers. You'll see wider and sloped fronts that are designed to give a bit if you find yourself being rundown at a crosswalk by someone too into a phone conversation to pay attention to lights.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The US has no pedestrian impact standards.

        Europe has very strict ones, which has led to having to put a lot more vertical grilles on cars so that a pedestrian hit by a car doesn't impact the engine or radiator, instead the more pliant hood and front fascia. The other big thing the EU pedestrian impact regs require is mirrors that fold (or break) away relatively easily so that if you clip a person at low speeds on a narrow European street, it reduces or eliminates injuries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wouldent be my first choice of crossover but not bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the current SRX, and was excited to hear they were re-working it. I was hoping for something a bit better, though.

      I don't know what it is about this vehicle, but there just seems to be something wrong with it.

      The style is good, the idea is strong, but something about it just rubs me the wrong way.

      Guess I will have to wait and see it in person to figure out whether I truly like it or not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Guess I will have to wait and see it in person to figure out whether I truly like it or not."
        I did see it in person yesterday.
        It actually does look pretty special.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if anything, it does look alot better than the redesigned lexus rx350
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well done, the current SRX looks like a bastard child station wagon with 4 wheel drive. This look more like a Cadillac.
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