2013 Cadillac SRX will offer an entertainment package with a Blu-Ray DVD player

Article by Christian A., on October 8, 2012

General Motors announced today that the refreshed 2013 Cadillac SRX will be available with an entertainment package that will feature a Blu-Ray DVD player, that will extend brand’s signature CUE system for connectivity to the rear seats. Moreover, the vehicle will come with a redesigned kid-tested gaming-style remote control that will allow each of the 8” flip-up rear screens to play unique media.

Using CUE, people found in the car will be able to connect up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices at once, including mobile phones, SD cards, USBs, and MP3 players. The rear-passengers will be able to connect and manage their own music players and playlists. Sold separately, GM will offer a special connector cable that allows watching movies stored in media players.

Thanks to the new Blu-Ray player, the front passengers will be watch videos via the 8” touchscreen CUE display on the center-stack while the vehicle is in park. According to the official press release, the rear-seat entertainment package gets a new cordless remote control, designed for familiarity and ease of use, shaped like a video game remote control.

Wireless headphones are also available. Still, there is a price for all of these and the rear-seat entertainment package will be available as an option on Luxury (with navigation,) Performance and Premium SRX trim models for $1,595.

The improved Cadillac SRX is equipped with a LFX 3.6L direct-injected V-6 which delivers SAE-certified 308 horsepower as well as a torque of 265 lb.-ft. It also includes efficiency-enhancing features such as direct injection and variable valve timing which is continuous. This E85 ethanol-capable model features a peak torque of 2,400 rpm maintained through a whopping 5,300 rpm.

Liz Pilibosian, Chief Engineer of this new model said that they were challenged to reach a 300 horsepower SRX and ended up exceeding such target. He also added that a low-end torque and horsepower of the 3.6L brings great power as requested at launch. Its 60-degree V-6 engine power band contributes as well to an improved shift feel which is also equipped with advanced dual-overhead camshafts, direct injection and unceasing valve timing.

In addition, it is designed with a dual-runner exhaust system to attain the team’s performance goals which are to work from the engine all the way to the collection point at the rear of the vehicle. The pipe length and diameter were also tuned well to upgrade the low-end torque to 3,000 rpm.

The high-pressure exhaust and engine cylinders were also improved so they may work together precisely. It also features a scavenging tuning effect which pulls the exhaust gasses away from the engine by co-existing low and high pressure pulses in each cylinder. Its minimum peak torque is 2,400 rpm and reaches a maximum of 5,300 rpm.

These improvements in torque and in power are being met while still keeping a quiet performance.

Press Release

2013 SRX Delivers Home Theatre-like Tech

The refreshed 2013 Cadillac SRX will offer an entertainment package featuring a Blu-Ray DVD player that extends Cadillac’s signature CUE system for connectivity to the rear seats along with a redesigned kid-tested gaming-style remote control that allows each of the 8” flip-up rear screens to play unique media.

With CUE, users can pair of up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices at once, including mobile phones, SD cards, USBs, and MP3 players. For the first time, rear-seat passengers can connect to and manage their own music players and playlists. A special connector cable sold separately allows watching movies stored in media players.

The addition of Blu-Ray allows families the same video quality on the road as they’re accustomed to at home. Front-seat passengers will be able to watch videos via the 8” touchscreen CUE display on the center-stack while the vehicle is in park. With audio playing throughout the vehicle’s speakers, the SRX becomes a home-theatre on wheels.

A dual-play capability feature allows one user to play a video game on one monitor while another user watches a movie or listens to the radio on the other.

“Having multiple media connectivity options really gives owners flexibility with entertainment, especially families,” said Charlene Goike, rear seat entertainment lead engineer. “One can easily pop in their camera’s SD cards on the way home from their kid’s sports games to let the young ones instantly relive the action.”

The rear-seat entertainment package also gets an all-new cordless remote control, designed for familiarity and ease of use. Shaped like a video game remote control, it mimics the layout of buttons to help young users access their favorite media more easily. A quick-reference sheet will also be provided so users know what each button on the remote will do.

“We actually invited a group of kids to test and interact with the new rear-seat entertainment features,” said Shannon Chiarcos, human factors engineer responsible for gathering consumer feedback on entertainment options in the vehicle. “The data we collected allowed us to go back and make several adjustments to the system, including simplifying the remote control so that kids could use it without the help of an adult.”

The SRX gets a pair of updated wireless headphones designed to fit more comfortably than previous versions as well as the ability to toggle between what is being played on either back-seat monitor. Users can also adjust volume directly on the headphones themselves.

The rear-seat entertainment package will be available as an option on Luxury (with navigation,) Performance and Premium SRX trim models and will retail for $1,595.

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