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Detroit debut for Cadillac SRX

2009-01-05 08:39


Cadillac's next-generation SRX crossover SUV will only have its official unveiling at the upcoming Detroit show.

The new model is being considered a key part of the Cadillac's continued expansion.

Styling closely follows that of the Provoq concept shown during 2008 and its design with its wide stance and short overhangs is edgy and adds a sense of purposeness.

Although more details are expected to be revealed once the SUV is unveiled in Detroit on Sunday, January 11, Cadillac has revealed that two new state-of-the-art engines will be offered.

In the US, a new direct injection 3.0-litre V6 and a turbocharged 2.8-litre V6 will be available.

The 193 kW 3.0-litre engine, a smaller displacement version of the existing 3.6-litre, is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Along with a manual mode, the gearbox also features a driver-selectable "eco-mode" that alters shift points for the best fuel economy.

An all-wheel drive system using an electronic limited slip differential distributes torque as required, which should make it a boon in wet and slippery conditions.

Further electronic systems include a pop-up navigation screen with three-dimensional imaging, adaptive front lights, power lift gate and an integrated hard drive.

Safety equipment, along with a reinforced body and chassis, includes curtain side airbags, thorax side airbags, rollover sensors and trailer stability assist.

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