Cadillac SRX

In its full first year, the award-winning Cadillac SRX delivered performance and flexibility to the medium luxury utility segment in a distinctive, all-new package. Its smooth, nimble handling and cargo-carrying ability combine to create a utility vehicle that drives like a sports sedan.

Based on GM's acclaimed Sigma architecture and available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), SRX is designed to deliver superior driving dynamics. It has been well-received by consumers and the industry alike, and has received several awards, including "2004 Best Luxury SUV" by Car and Driver, Automobile Magazine 2004 All-Star for Mid-size Sport Utility, "Best in Class" by Kiplinger's and Money Magazine "2004 Best Luxury SUV."

For 2005, SRX features a new instrument cluster with chrome accents, as well as darker privacy glass. Sand Storm replaces Cashmere as an exterior color. In addition, SRX will have optional trailering capability on the V-6, expanded towing capacity of up to 4,250 pounds (1,928 kg) andoptionalMagnetic Ride Control available on RWD models.

All 2005 Cadillac owners will receive 12 months of complimentary access to Cadillac Virtual Advisor by OnStar. CadillacVirtual Advisor service begins at activation of OnStar Personal Calling. Cadillac Virtual Advisor provides three-day weather forecasts and traffic reports within pre-selected ranges of 5, 10 or 15 miles of the vehicle's location in most major markets. Cadillac Virtual Advisor also monitors traffic for up to three personalized routes and reports information on up to 10 selected stocks on the DJI and NASDAQ markets - all at the touch of a single button.

The SRX has two engine combinations: the 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT (variable valve timing) orthe 3.6L V-6 VVT. The V-8 engine is sophisticated, technically advanced and generates 320 horsepower (239 kw) at 6400 rpm and 315 lb.-ft. of torque (427 Nm) at 4400 rpm. It features electronic throttle control and phasers on all four camshafts to control valve timing throughout the entire operating range.

The 3.6L V-6 VVT makes 255 horsepower (190 kw) at 6500 rpm and 254 lb.-ft. of torque (344 Nm)at 3200 rpm. The 60-degree dual overhead cam 24-valve powerplant has electronic throttle control, variable valve timing, multi-port fuel injection, two-stage roller chain cam drive, aluminum block and cylinder heads and a forged steel crankshaft.

Both engines are mated to five-speed automatic transmissions: the Hydra-Matic 5L50-E with the V-8 VVT and the Hydra-Matic 5L40-E with the V-6 VVT. The 5L50-E, with 25 percent more torque capacity than the 5L40-E, features an innovative dual-plate torque converter and a separate, highly refined transmission control module with expanded power and memory. Both transmissions feature Driver Shift Control (with clutchless manual shifting), electronically controlled engine brakingand downgrade detection with brake assist.

Chassis management and vehicle control systems help the vehicle respond accordingly to virtually all types of driving conditions. Features include four-channel StabiliTrak stability control system and available segment-first Magnetic Ride Control. The electronically controlled magnetic-fluid based real-time damping is the world's fastest-reacting suspension control system. Speed-sensitive variable effort steering, four-channel ABS with Panic Brake Assist and traction control and available AWD also are included. SRX incorporates all-aluminum suspension components to reduce unsprung mass and optimize suspension performance. The suspension uses an independent short/long arm (SLA) front and fully independent multi-link rear for superior ride and handling.

At first glance, SRX is instantly recognizable as a Cadillac and yet is unlike anything else on the road. The family resemblance to CTS and Escalade is immediately evident; its Cadillac bloodline shows through in its chiseled vertical taillamps and headlamps and V-shaped grille. At the same time, it clearly stands out from its European and Japanese competitors.

SRX seats up to seven passengers with the optional third-row seat engaged. The second-row seat, with the most legroom in its class at 41 inches (104 cm), folds virtually flat, and the third-row seat power-folds into the floor at the push of a button. Third-row seats also feature cupholders. Vehicles not equipped with the optional third-row seat can have a cargo management system integrated into the rear floor. The standard roof rails extend the vehicle's storage capability.

In addition to numerous storage areas, an optional rear cargo management system, available as an alternative to the third-row seat, offers three cargo compartments and includes a removable storage bin. It's perfect for stowing anything from a car-care or emergency kit to sports equipment to DVDs or CDs for a long drive. For still more cargo packing, large side storage bins along the rear cargo area are standard.

The SRX has the largest sunroof system available in the segment. The optional "UltraView" sunroof provides the thrill of an open-air driving experience. It extends to provide 5.6 square feet (0.52 square meters) of open air over the first-row seats and integrates a retractable power shade. The "UltraView Plus" includes a glass roof over the third row seat with a power sunshade.

Interior materials and appointments reflect the richness of the Cadillac S-series. The blend of wood and leather represents an evolution of refinement for the interior, and includes leather seating surfaces and armrests, and wood trim on the steering wheel, shifter knob and PRNDL trim plate. Interior surface colors include ebony, light neutral and light gray.

Source: Cadillac press

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