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.