New York Auto Show: 2013 Cadillac SRX rolls out with enhanced safety features

Article by Anita Panait, on April 6, 2012

General Motors is rolling out a remodified 2013 Cadillac SRX in a bid to continue the popularity of the crossover. The 2013 Cadillac SRX will sport an improved interior and exterior as well as an enhanced safety system. The SRX’s interior will be loaded with a handful of new technologies like Cadillac's new infotainment system, the Cadillac User Experience (CUE). 

This infotainment system allows users to operate its eight-inch touch screen like using a smartphone. GM will install the CUE infotainment system across the Cadillac lineup as well as on the upcoming XTS large sedan and ATS compact sedan. GM also fitted the 2013 SRX with a motorized faceplate that hides a storage compartment for mobile devices as well an illuminated USB port. 

GM also endowed the 2013 SRX with a redesigned steering wheel and shift knob; a new instrument cluster for relaying information via the CUE system; and active noise cancellation system that utilizes microphones and sound waves to cancel unwanted cabin noise. The 2013 SRX’s exterior features a few changes including a restyled grille, new front fender vents and LED headlights.

Aside from design improvements, GM also installed a few safety innovations on the 2013 SRX including automatic braking system, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. 

GM also installed a "safety alert seat" system, which vibrates to alarm the driver of a possible collision. Sales of the SRX were sluggish from 2004 to 2009, when the first generations of the model were flourishing.

However, everything changed in 2009, when Cadillac introduced a redesigned SRX. As a matter of fact, Cadillac was able to more than double the sales of the SRX to 51,094. The strong performance of the SRX pushed Cadillac‘s confidence that it could survive competition despite a thin lineup, as GM recently phased out the Cadillac DTS and STS in favor of the upcoming ATS and XTS. GM is set to unveil the redesigned 2013 Cadillac SRX at the New York auto show.

Cadillac SRX, with its four-wheel independent suspension and standard rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering systems, also offers a variable-effort, speed-sensitive steering system, with tuning bias for sport sedan-style driving and centred feel. The standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control works with the standard four-wheel-disc/four-channel-ABS braking system.

The main chassis and suspension system elements include an independent MacPherson strut suspension system standard on all models, with a direct-acting stabiliser bar and hydraulic ride bushings; an independent H-arm rear suspension incorporating a lightweight hollow aluminium lower control arm and a hollow stabiliser bar; and a power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering standard on Base and Luxury Collections.

For 2012, the Base suspension allows for better quality rides while maintaining excellent handling, due to new upper front strut mounts, better shock valve tuning, new bonded bushings for the front stabiliser bar, and new twin-tube rear shocks for greater road isolation.

The Sport active suspension, standard on Performance and Premium Collections, saw improvements for 2012, with new front upper strut mounts, new shock valving, bonded stabiliser bar bushings, and revised calibrations for a continual variable real-time damping suspension system. Electronically controlled dampers at each corner can make constant detections on the road for real-time adjustments within milliseconds.

It can then deliver an appropriate damper rate for all road conditions, offering more comfort and better sense of control. This system also raises damping for aggressive handling manoeuvres, reducing vehicle roll and pitch velocity for a better feeling of confidence.

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