The new 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover might not be the most powerful or economical SUV crossover, but much more importance has been placed on comfort and safety.

The 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover has been made officially official today, just one week before the start of the North American International Auto Show.  A mid-size luxury crossover, the next generation SRX will be prominently displayed in Detroit.

Featuring a choice between two different direct injection V6 engines, it seems Cadillac is a bit unsure what the real purpose of this vehicle is.  On the one hand, Cadillac is claiming this SUV crossover to be very fuel efficient.  In reality, the SUV will get no better than 25 mpg on the highway, and worse in the city.

The company is also touting the vehicle's "excellent performance."  But if the curb weight of the new SRX is even close to the previously announced range of 4300 to 4600 lbs., then the 260 hp standard 3.0-liter engine will simply not do the job.  Granted, that is five more horses under the hood than the current standard SRX engine, but the available SRX weighs anywhere from 200 to 500 lbs less than the next gen.

It is worth noting that the optional 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 does get 300 horsepower with 295 ft-lb of torque, making the engine similar in power ratings to class competitor Infiniti EX35.  However, the EX35 base model weighs nearly 1,000 pounds less than the next Cadillac SRX will.  And the EX35 costs as much as $10,000 less than the SRX.

Engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with an "eco-mode" setting.  When enabled, eco-mode changes the shift points for maximum fuel economy.

If you just look at the features of the Cadillac SRX, it may be enough to make you glaze over the mediocre fuel economy and modest power ratings.  The SRX comes with a retractable navigation screen at the center of the instrument console.  Headlights change their angle in tandem with the steering wheel.  The liftgate is powered, and has an adjustable height setting.  A hard disc drive is built in for mp3 storage, while two video screens are integrated for a rear entertainment system.  Bluetooth and OnStar come standard.

All-wheel-drive is available as an option, along with an electronic limited-slip differential.  18" wheels come standard, with 20-inch wheels available as an option.  The large five-seater is capable of towing 3,500 pounds.

One thing is for sure: the new SRX is built more for safety and comfort than performance and fuel efficiency.  The body and chassis were built to be strong, and not necessarily light.  Heavy martensitic steel was used at various points to protect passengers from intrusion into the cabin during a side-impact crash.  That steel was also used to prevent damage to the frame in front and rear crashes.  Head curtain air bags come standard, as does pelvic side air bags.  Seat belts have two pretensioners to hold passengers tight in their seats, while a rollover-prevention system hopes to make those seatbelts less necessary.

Because there are many pros and cons to this vehicle, we will try and reserve final judgement until we get final pricing and specifications on the next generation crossover.  But, since a Front-Wheel-Drive Cadillac SRX Crossover with the base engine has an estimated 0-60 mph time of around 8.3 seconds, which would be a full 2.0 seconds slower than the base Rear-Wheel-Drive Infiniti EX35, we are not incredibly excited.

The new 2010 Cadillac SRX Crossover will premiere on Sunday, January 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

2010 Cadillac SRX Officially Revealed