Cadillac SRX - car review

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The Cadillac SRX debuted in January 2003 in Detroit. The car is created on the platform Sigma with a longitudinal engine. The design features are a rigid bearing body with subframes, fully independent front and rear suspension with aluminum levers (rear multi-link) and the proprietary Cadillac Magnetic Ride Control system. The SRX brings new opportunities to its market segment. The design of the crossover echoes, as it should be, with all models of the modern Cadillac line. Angular shapes, highly positioned headlights and taillights, fast-moving lines and the exterior as a whole continue in the stylistic decision to go the “trodden path” of the previously announced XLR and CTS cars.

When creating the SRX, ideas were used that were first embodied in metal in the Vizon concept car. The car will be one step lower than the large Cadillac Escalade, but it will also be well equipped. The SRX combines excellent performance, beautiful design and luxury interior. The car perfectly “holds” the road and perfectly passes difficult bundles of high-speed turns. Having the longest wheelbase in its class, the SRX combines power and sophisticated handling, excellent visibility and practicality. The thought-over ergonomics, arrangement of elements and management of them causes only positive emotions.

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The seats with leather trim and sufficient lateral support, as well as the pedal assembly, are equipped with electric drives, which, in combination with a height-adjustable steering column, allows you to take a comfortable posture behind the wheel. In the role of the main driving force: 4.6 liter Northstar V-8 VVT (with variable valve timing) or 3.6 liter V-6 VVT with a capacity of 258 hp The 32-valve V-8 engine was modified and installed longitudinally. He gives out 320 hp at 6400 rev / m and its maximum torque is 427 N / m at 4400 rev / m. Cadillac SRX can be both with full and with rear wheel drive. The package includes many different auxiliary systems and a self-regulating suspension.

The technological excellence of the Cadillac SRX all-wheel drive transmission is aimed at achieving complete control over the road in all weather conditions. The transmission distributes the torque in a 50/50 ratio between the front and rear wheels, which allows for the most efficient use of axle load distribution. The anti-slip system, operating at any speed, and the StabiliTrak stability control system provide smooth and confident acceleration on any road. One of the advantages of the SRX is the integrated frame of the body of high-strength steel with impact-absorbing zones, laid down by the designers at the car development stage.

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But with all this, the Cadillac SRX is not very suitable for traveling over rough terrain. This is a typical city car, offering its passengers a comfortable journey without incident. It should also be noted roomy trunk and spacious interior. The car can accommodate up to seven passengers.

By the way, just pressing a button is enough, and the car will turn into a five-seater. This difficult from a technical point of view, the operation can increase the capacity of the luggage compartment. In August 2006, Cadillac began selling the SRX with a completely new interior trim - more modern, high-quality and tailored to the wishes of European motorists. At the same time, the changes affected, first of all, the front panel, which retained the already familiar architecture, but at the same time began to look noticeably richer.

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Alteration has undergone the form of the center console and tunnel, all air ducts, controls and even the instrument panel, which received a new shape and layout. In general, the interior lines became smooth and rounded, and the materials used in its decoration were replaced with better and more expensive ones. The basic equipment for the US market is equipped with a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system, which buyers can complete with a DVD player and an additional screen mounted on the central tunnel behind the front seats.

Finally, the 2007 Cadillac SRX with a V8 engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and in the Sport version, this car can be ordered with 18- or 20-inch wheels to choose from. Collect Cadillac SRX at the Lansing Grand River plant. The Cadillac SRX 2010 was introduced to the world in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

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At the heart of the car is the Cadillac Provoq concept car. The car is based on the GM Theta Premium platform (along with such cars as Chevrolet Captiva, Pontiac Torrent, Saab 9-4X and even Daewoo Winstorm) and has all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive versions. The SRX 2010 sets new standards for quality in the prestigious crossover segment. He successfully combines the features of a sports car and the refined, elegant forms of an expensive representative car. The design has become more sophisticated and dynamic: compact dimensions, branded raised sides, stamping on the trunk lid, powerful wheel arches.

A new “face” to the car is created by a grille shield, lined with graceful light alloy tubes, and Cadillac cult vertical headlights equipped with an adaptive front lighting system. They effectively complement the trim, swift body, along the edges of which are placed standard 18-inch cast wheels. At the same time, the second generation of the SRX further emphasizes the status of the brand not only due to its appearance, but also with a qualitatively new interior. Salon Cadillac SRX 2010 - a symbiosis of technology in the field of multimedia and expensive finishing materials.

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Despite the more compact dimensions compared to the previous generation, the SRX 2010 remains a fairly spacious and functional crossover: wide doorways, comfortable leather seats with electric drives, space for legs and overhead, and a small loading height for the luggage compartment. The supporting structure of the SRX crossover body provides the lowest noise level among cars of this class. The company's engineers have achieved significant success in reducing noise from the power unit, exhaust system and transmission, from the aerodynamic components of the body, as well as from rolling wheels on the road surface.

The developers also reduced noise due to the use of a soundproofing front panel coating, special floor treatment and the use of a multi-layered windscreen and multi-layered front side windows. For the 2010 Cadillac SRX, there are a choice of two engines to choose from, with an excellent combination of fuel efficiency and power. The basic 3.0-liter V6 engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing (VVT) develops a maximum power of 269 hp. and maximum torque of 302 Nm. The optional 2.8-liter V6 Turbo engine delivers impressive power - up to 300 hp.

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and torque - up to 400 Nm. Both engines are combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode (DSC), which allows the driver to smoothly shift gears without pressing the clutch pedal. Thanks to the AWD all-wheel drive system, stability and controllability are achieved in all driving conditions. The system includes a limited-slip differential with the latest generation of electronic control (eLSD). First, the technology allows you to distribute torque along the axles and between the wheels, and secondly, up to 100 percent of the traction can be transmitted to a single wheel, which allows you to raise the steering on a winding and slippery road to a new level.

The list of basic equipment Cadillac SRX is leather interior (seats, door panels, steering wheel, torpedo), full power accessories with electric pedal assembly, driver's seat memory, climate control with separated zones (driver / passenger), multifunction steering wheel, tailgate servo , sunroof, premium audio system with Bose 8-speaker CD changer, advanced on-board computer, front and side airbags, curtain airbags and Stabilitrak stability control. A Bluetooth wireless phone system, xenon headlamps and parking sensors are also standard on all Cadillac SRXs. SRX safety systems are designed to protect passengers before, during and after an accident.

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In addition to reinforced body structure and suspension, which absorb impact energy, martensitic steel is used in box girders. It is one of the most durable and helps protect the body from destruction during side impacts, and also ensures its integrity during frontal collisions and rear impacts. Safety features also include standard window curtain airbags, front side airbags to protect the chest and pelvic area (they are installed in the backs of the front seats), front seat belts with dual pretensioners and force limiters, roll reduction sensors, safety block pedals, stabilization system trailer and OnStar system.

In addition, the SRX meets all European standards for the protection of pedestrians, its front bumper is located almost at the level of the bumpers of other cars. The multifunctional luggage compartment has a volume of 1.7 m (with the rear seats folded), and under its floor are spacious compartments where you can put, for example, backpacks or sports equipment. The optional U-Rail system and an adjustable partition help you to optimally organize the luggage space and securely fix various objects. A retractable curtain, which is fixed in two positions, hides your luggage from prying eyes, without making it difficult for you to access it.

In the back seat, there is a flap for long items such as skis - which does not prevent the two passengers from comfortably seating themselves on the seat. Easy access to the luggage compartment provides an optional rear door with electric and programmable lift height. In 2012, at the International Auto Show in New York, Cadillac presented the second restyling of the second generation SRX to the public. The automaker has updated the front, revised the design of the rear, changed the wheels, tires and installed a new modern multimedia system CUE (Cadillac User Experience).

The appearance of the car has not changed much. The designers rewarded the updated model with a new, larger-sized false radiator grille with faceted chrome-clad slots and a new Cadillac emblem, modified the front and rear bumpers, giving them smoother and more expressive shapes. The front bumper was supplemented with a compact air intake slot and round foglights in chrome rings.

The design of alloy aluminum 20-inch wheels with 235/55 R20 tires has changed. The side of the body is distinguished by huge radii of wheel arches, air ducts on the front fenders, stylish ribs that organically cut through the door surfaces in the lower and upper parts, doors with a high sill line, compact windows and a dome-shaped roof. The lower part of the body is covered with a wide protection of black plastic, which prevents the body from minor damage. There is an additional option for body painting Xenon Blue Metallic.

Otherwise, the already familiar image of a crossover with large and beautiful vertically positioned headlamps with complex technical content is adaptive bi-xenon with daytime running lights. The car in front looks solid, powerful and assertive. Overall dimensions are 4834 mm in length, 1910 mm in width, 1669 mm in height, with 2807 mm wheelbase and 179 mm ground clearance (ground clearance). Salon updated SRX 2012 has changed much more noticeable, but, as before, remains solid and expensive. The center console has been updated, and the new instrument panel with a large multi-color display has purchased a slot for SD-cards and several USB ports.

Installed a new steering wheel, which is now heated. On the steering wheel are located the buttons to control the latest information system CUE (Cadillac User Experience) with an 8-inch color touch screen mounted on the center console. The system is responsible for audio system settings (CD MP3 USB SD Bluetooth) with Bose speakers (8 speakers) or Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound (10 speakers) and dual-zone climate control, displays navigation maps and a picture from the rear view camera. In place of the driver can easily accommodate even a tall man. Ergonomics and ease of use of all controls at a decent level.

The steering column is adjustable in height and depth, the pedal assembly is configured using an electric motor. The driver's seat (with memory settings for two) and the front passenger with electric adjustment in 8 directions, electrically adjustable lumbar support, heated and ventilated (in expensive configurations). If desired, heated seats can be ordered for the second row of seats.

The Cadillac SRX, among other things, is very quiet. It's all about the soundproofing materials that the interior is equipped with, and modern multi-layered double-glazed windows on the windows of the car. In addition, between the first and second row of seats is a system of laminated structural barriers. They block the noise coming from under the car. The luggage compartment with passengers on the second row is able to take about 844 liters of luggage, lowering the back of the rear seats, we get the trunk with increased cargo capacity to 1,730 liters. The tailgate is equipped with an electric drive.

It is noteworthy that the opening angle of the door can be changed depending on the circumstances. Of the functions ensuring the safety of the driver and passengers, it is worth noting new and previously inaccessible systems: monitoring blind spots, warning about the possibility of a collision in front, controlling departure from the lane and warning of approaching objects at the back along the cross course.

Specifications SRX 2012 implies independent suspension on MacPherson struts with front anti-roll bar and multi-link rear, shock absorbers capable of changing real-time stiffness, advanced disc brakes with Auto-Dry (drying brake discs after water), Hill Start, Brake Assist , ABC, StabiliTrak (stabilization system), TRC (anti-skid system), power steering with varying force depending on the speed of movement. In the presence of an intelligent AWD system with self-locking differential (eLSD). There are two engines for the crossover, both petrol six-cylinder: a 3.0-liter 270 hp.

and a 3.6-liter capacity of 318 hp. The automatic transmission 6 with manual and sport mode works in tandem with the engines. Acceleration to 100 km / h in a crossover with a 318 horsepower engine is 7.2 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 200 km / h. The engine capacity of 2.8 liters was discontinued.

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