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Cadillac has officially announced a host of changes for the 2012 SRX crossover, including a new standard engine – General Motors' 3.6-liter direct-injected V6. This powerplant will serve as the only available engine on the SRX here in the United States, replacing both the base 3.0-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 that was axed earlier this year.

Under the hood of the 2012 SRX, the 3.6-liter mill produces 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque – increases of 35 hp and 37 lb-ft over the anemic 3.0-liter engine that served as the base engine when the SRX was refreshed for the 2010 model year. The new V6 offers the same amount of horsepower as the discontinued 2.8-liter turbocharged unit, though it's down on torque by 35 lb-ft.

In addition to its new heart, the 2012 SRX will offer standard Bluetooth connectivity on all models, and a standard heated steering wheel on luxury, performance and premium trims. Additionally, performance and premium trim levels get a new 20-inch wheel option. Pricing will be announced in a few months when the 2012 SRX officially starts production. GM's official press blast is available after the jump.

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2012 Cadillac SRX Offers More Powerful 3.6L Engine

New engine delivers improved acceleration, E85 ethanol FlexFuel capability

- Bluetooth becomes standard on all models
- Heated steering wheel for luxury, performance and premium versions
- New 20-inch machined-face wheel finish

DETROIT – Cadillac will offer a new, more powerful engine for the 2012 SRX, providing buyers of the luxury crossover with improved acceleration both from a standstill and when passing.

The SRX will receive a 3.6L direct-injected V-6 engine projected to deliver 300 horsepower (224 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque, according to preliminary tests by Cadillac. The SRX's current 3.0L direct-injected V-6 engine provides 265 horsepower (198 kW) and 223 lb.-ft (302 Nm) of torque. SRX models with the new engine are expected to arrive at dealerships in late summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Dramatically redesigned for the 2010 model year, the SRX has quickly climbed the luxury crossover ranks. SRX total U.S. sales rose 153 percent last year to 51,094, outselling the Acura MDX, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, and second only to the Lexus RX350 in sales among midsize luxury crossovers.

With the new engine, the SRX is projected to top the Lexus RX350 in horsepower and torque. Lexus rates the RX350's 3.5L V-6 engine at 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 257 lb.-ft. (348 Nm) of torque.

"SRX is resonating with luxury buyers by offering the function of a crossover and the distinctive style of a Cadillac," said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. "Now, we're raising the standards even higher by providing the SRX with enhanced performance. The new engine will make the SRX more responsive for passing on the highway, entering freeways from on-ramps and climbing hills."

In addition to more horsepower and torque, the new engine has a wider rpm range for its maximum torque, which gives the driver more power across a wider range of speeds and driving conditions.

The new engine also is FlexFuel capable, meaning it can use either gasoline, E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. EPA fuel economy ratings have not been finalized, but Cadillac expects the SRX to provide customers with comparable real-world fuel efficiency. The current engine has an EPA rating of 18 city/25 highway mpg.

Other enhancements on the 2012 SRX include standard Bluetooth phone connectivity on all models, a heated steering wheel on the luxury, performance and premium trim levels and door lock switches on the driver and passenger door panels. The new model will continue to have door lock switches on the center console. Also for 2012, SRX will offer a new machined-face finish on the 20-inch wheels, which are standard on performance and premium trim levels.

"Every detail counts," Butler said. "The SRX has been a phenomenal success, but at Cadillac, we're always looking for ways to make our automobiles better."

Popular features already offered on the SRX include a moveable cargo fence and large under-floor storage space in the rear, a liftgate that can be programmed to stop at different heights and an UltraView sunroof that covers 70 percent of the vehicle roof.

The SRX also is available in an all-wheel-drive version that incorporates an electronic limited slip rear differential. This system not only improves traction in slippery road conditions but provides side-to-side torque transfer along the rear axle to enhance control during hard cornering.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you trying some road racing with this, or why does anybody think, 265 hp are any way to less for this? And that 300 hp are any relevant change?

      Some numbers from the European Cadillac website: 8.4s to 100km/h (60 mph) and 210 km/h (131 mph) topspeed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      About time GM... that 3.0 should have never been fitted into such a heavy vehicle to begin with. Now if they do a single twin-scroll turbo for the 3.0 (or the 3.6) and make that the optional engine... not just in the SRX, but the CTS and STS could use those as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I didn't even think of the 60 degree-ness of V6s. That'd be even tougher than a 90 degree V8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's what I thought of after posting the comment... but stuffing a turbo in the valley of a 60-degree DOHC V6 is no easy task all by itself.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They could always supercharge the 3.6 like these guys did http://www.d3cadillac.com/feature-vehicles/d3-cts-3-6di-s and get 435 hp and 430 ftlb...
      • 3 Years Ago
      As cool as I thought the 2.8 V6 Saab Turbo motor was, frankly the 3.6DI was what should've been in the SRX all along.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not to mention, that 2.8T doesn't really fit well in that engine compartment. :P
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know what's funny? Apparently the Chevrolet Impala (remember that?) is getting the same engine upgrade as well. I guess GM sees it more profitable (especially for fleet sales) to keep the Impala around the way it is and periodically give it medium-sized updates.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had one when they came out and horsepower was never an issue for me. Includes a drive across country as well. But I am a guy, so more horsepower? Bring it on.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not an SUV or Crossover fan, but I would love to have this car.
      It's the best looking design for a Crossover I've seen so far on the roads...all the other ones pale in comparison, especially the lexus, which (no surprise here) is the most boring of all.
      Good job Cadillac...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like GM is going back to the "how to make small displacement turbo motors work in a large vehicle" drawing board. Haven't they seen the engineering team Dennis Leary runs?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Legislative Geek:
        GM has a DI turbo engine, the excellent LNF (and variants). They don't have a DI 6-cylinder turbo right now though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I thought GM had a DI Turbo motor? (Cobalt SS, HHR SS?)
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Haven't they seen the engineering team Dennis Leary runs?"

        Hilarious! I have not considered the commercial from that angle before.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still like the Lincoln Mkx over this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know I am drifting off the subject here. But I just saw one of these in the famous Mary Kay pink color this weekend. It has been a couple of years since I have last seen a Mary Kay pink Cadillac, the last one I have seen was a DTS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      A much needed upgrade. The 3.6 is a much better match then the underpowered 3.0 and I would question the long-term ownership of the 2.8T.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey, GMFanBoi. Where did I say anything competing? Do you have a reading comprehension problem? You said the SRX has class-leading power. Fact: it does not. End of story, your straw man fallacy notwithstanding.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Cadillac is one of my favorite car manufacturers, and a 1997 Eldorado was my first car... but I would personally take the MKX over the new SRX (stupid names). The interior is very rich and luxurious in that car, better than anything else in that segment. And with the new 3.7L V6 it has enough power for anything you'll ever need.
        Broadening the choice of vehicles to any SUV, not just luxury soft-roaders, I would get a fully-optioned HEMI Grand Cherokee.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There is nothing wrong with the 2.8T I wouldn't question it.

        The news however fo the 3.6 is excellent! This makes it class leading in power now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL are you telling me a Lincoln competes with a Cadillac?

        Please Lincoln has a hard time keeping up with Kia, they dont even come close to competing with Caddy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        After reading the press release, I don't see where it says the 3.6 will be the ONLY option.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you have ever driven a Vue XR, you will understand why this engine was brought back!

      As to why it was not in the Terrain, Equinox or SRX to BEGIN WITH????
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not the same engine. The XR was a 3.5 250hp Honda engine.

        This is the 3.6 direct injection engine from the CTS/Camaro.
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