2010 Cadillac SRX - Click above for a high-res gallery Cadillac invited a handful of local media to its Milford, MI proving grounds for an early "preview" drive of the second-generation SRX crossover. The first official media launch won't happen until late May, just ahead of the mid-summer on-sale date, but GM wanted to provide a sneak peak at the chassis and hardware underpinning the new SRX. Contrary to popular opinion, the SRX and the Saab 9-4X aren't built atop the Theta platform used for the Saturn Vue and Chevy Equinox. Both vehicles uses a mix of Theta pieces, bits from the Epsilon II platform and a host of new components to create a new premium crossover architecture. Unfortunately, Michigan weather just didn't want to cooperate with the SRX. After an early event was cancelled due to unseasonably warm weather in February, GM decided to let us loose on a 50-mile local road loop to show off the SRX's new chassis control and vehicle dynamic systems. Read on to find out how it fared. %Gallery-49405% Photos Copyright ©2009 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. Southeast Michigan got several inches of heavy, wet snow just in time for our early April drive. As a result, the Milford safety crew was unable to prepare the traction control hill and other surfaces for the event. Instead, we did two laps of the drive loop on wet and slushy Michigan roads -- a suitable alternative, but not the kind of chassis-challenging tests we'd hoped for. Cadillac brought out a pair of pre-production, non-saleable units for us to evaluate. The cars were built on the standard assembly line, but because of the build timing, the production-intent interior parts weren't available. As a result, there are color, finish and fitment mis-matches, so we'll withhold final judgment on build quality after we have a chance to try out production versions within the next few months. Both SRXs were powered by the new 265 hp 3.0-liter direct injected V6 that's shared with the new Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Buick LaCrosse and other upcoming sedans and crossovers. Each SRX also had the new Haldex torque vectoring all-wheel drive system that we sampled last year in the Saab Turbo-X. In fact, the only substantive difference was the suspension trim level: the gold SRX in the photos rolled on standard 18-inch wheels and FE2 suspension, while the silver model had 20-inch rims, the FE3 setup and an adaptive damping system. For the second SRX, Cadillac decided to split the jack of all trades, master of none first-gen model into two distinct vehicles that should have more appeal to prospective buyers. The Griswold-esque aspects of the old model can be had in the CTS Sport Wagon due to arrive this summer, while the SRX is a pure CUV with a more aggressive stance that looks particularly handsome on the road. Anyone familiar with recent Cadillac offerings will instantly recognize the new SRX's familial resemblence. Those who prefer the high-riding stance of an …
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