More Powerful 3.6-liter Engine for 2013 Cadillac SRX
- New 318 hp/234 kW, 3.6-liter V6 delivers more power without raising fuel consumption
- Revolutionary CUE driver interface and infotainment system fitted as standard
- Enhanced driver awareness technology with safety alert seat haptic warnings
Zurich – Cadillac’s popular SRX Crossover offers more power and performance for Model Year 2013, together with a series of enhancements including the brand’s innovative Cadillac User Experience (CUE) driver interface and infotainment system fitted as standard.
The new, 318 hp/234 kW 3.6-liter V6 engine develops 15 percent more power than the previous 3.0-liter unit, without any increase in fuel consumption or CO2 emissions. It propels the all-wheel-drive SRX from zero to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds.
In addition to CUE, the 2013 SRX also features advanced driver awareness technologies to help the driver avoid becoming involved in a collision. These include a new seat alert system with haptic warnings.
Exterior and interior design enhancements further distinguish the 2013 SRX.
More powerful and efficient powertrain
The SRX is now powered by the all-aluminum, 3.6-liter V6 engine as used in the CTS range. It features dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and state-of-the-art efficiency features, such as continuously variable valve timing and direct fuel injection.
Developing 318 hp/234 kW at 6,800 rpm and plentiful torque of 360 Nm at 2,400 rpm, this sophisticated powerplant provides 15 percent more horsepower and almost 20 percent more pulling power than the previous 3.0-liter unit. Just as important, this is achieved without any increase in fuel consumption or CO2 emissions.
This latest generation engine benefits from a series of measures to improve operating efficiency and save weight. These include: a revised cylinder head design, larger intake valves, longer duration intake camshafts, a composite intake manifold, an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold and lighter but stronger connecting rods. Like all Cadillac engines, it is compatible with E10 fuel.
The new engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission, which includes a Sport Mode, as well as manual shifting.
Power is delivered to the road through an advanced AWD system which ensures optimum stability in all road conditions. The system is both pre-emptive, reading vehicle characteristics and predicting when wheel slip may occur, and active-on-demand, requiring no action from the driver. It incorporates an electronic limited-slip rear differential (eLSD) which enables the transfer of drive torque between the rear wheels to enhance control during hard cornering.
Equipment enhancements include CUE infotainment
CUE, Cadillac’s innovative infotainment system, is fitted as standard to the 2013 SRX. It offers breakthrough technology for intuitive in-vehicle connectivity, control and convenience.
CUE pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system which reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons. The comprehensive, in-vehicle experience is designed to be unique for each customer, from the ‘simple user’ to the fully connected ‘super user’.
The heart of CUE is a vibrant, 8-inch LCD touch-screen, with proximity sensing and haptic feedback, which is seamlessly integrated in the center stack. It displays CUE’s home page, resembling a smartphone’s screen with easy-to-target icons for the execution of commands. Capacitive technology enables ‘swipe’, ‘pinch’ or ‘spread’ finger gesturing commonly used with smartphones and tablets. Voice recognition also enhances command features.
Core functions include: AM/FM radio; smartphone connectivity; an integrated media player and play list indexing for MP3/iPod; a navigation with 3D imaging; vehicle personalization settings; voice command and hands-free calling.
A motorized, lift-up faceplate below the touch-screen reveals a concealed storage area for smartphones or other mobile devices and includes an illuminated USB port. The center console also provides two USB ports, an SD card slot, an AUX audio input and a 12-volt power outlet.
CUE is complemented by further interior enhancements including:
- Audio with active noise cancellation for a quieter driving experience
- Bluetooth audio streaming
- New instrument cluster with a color information display for CUE integration
- New steering wheel design with multi-functional controls for CUE
- Rear-seat entertainment with new headphones and remote design, including a rear USB port and SD card slot
- New gear shift knob
With its wide stance, minimal bodywork overhangs, wheels pushed out to the corners and iconic vertical light units, the SRX cuts a distinctive presence in the premium Crossover segment.
For Model Year 2013, its visual appeal is sharpened further by a refreshed look for the upper and lower front grilles which enriches their appearance by adding greater detail and depth. Redesigned side vents in the bodywork behind the front wheels add to the new look.
These enhancements are complemented by new 20-inch chrome and polished aluminum wheel designs and the introduction of three new metallic colors: Evolution Green, Glacier Blue and Silver Coast.
New active safety features
The 2013 SRX incorporates advanced Cadillac safety systems which are designed to help the driver avoid potential collisions. New standard features include:
- Blind Spot Alert which uses rear radar units to scan for vehicles within the driver’s blind spot areas. If a vehicle is detected, a yellow warning symbol illuminates in the relevant exterior door mirror. This will also flash if a turn indicator is activated.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert is a useful safety aid when reversing. It utilizes the standard rear-view camera and rear radar units which scan up to 30 meters either side of the SRX. If crossing vehicles are detected, audible warning beeps are initiated and red warning triangles and arrows are also shown in the rear-view mirror or center stack navigation screen.
- Following Distance Indication displays the gap to a vehicle ahead in terms of seconds instead of distance, according to common European regulations which define a safe gap by time.
A Driver Awareness package is also standard for Sport Luxury variants and optional with Elegance specification. It includes a forward-facing camera, linked to software which calculates the gap to a vehicle ahead, and Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat system, which uses directional seat vibrations to warn of potential hazards. The following functions are provided:
- Forward Collision Alert is engaged at speeds above 40 km/h. If there is risk of a collision with the vehicle ahead, a green ‘car’ symbol illuminates in the main instrument display, which turns amber if the driver is too close or ‘tailgating’. Should no action be taken, and the distance reduces still further, an ‘imminent crash alert’ is delivered. The Safety Alert Seat also initiates pulses on both sides of the seat cushion. Alert sensitivity is adjustable by selecting ‘far’, ‘medium’ or ‘near’ settings via a steering wheel control.
- Lane Departure Warning operates at speeds above 56 km/h. The front camera ‘reads’ road markings on the highway and the driver is alerted if the car begins to veer out of lane. The Safety Alert Seat pulses three times on the right or left side of the cushion and an amber warning symbol also flashes in the instrument display.
- Traffic Sign Recognition helps the driver comply with speed limits or no overtaking restrictions. Software enables the camera to ‘read’ signs and the relevant symbol is displayed in the instrument cluster as a reminder for the driver.