Dave Leone, Cadillac’s chief engineer, remarked that 2015 will be a "fantastic year” for the luxury brand while confirming plans for a new rear-wheel-drive sedan and a redesigned SRX crossover. Leone told Bloomberg in an interview ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California that the sedan will have rear-wheel drive and will be rolled out in late 2015.
The carmaker unveiled an Elmiraj Concept that previewed such a car at Pebble Beach in 2013. General Motors has so far failed to match the pace of the auto industry in the United States.
Sales at Cadillac even dipped 2 percent while foreign luxury carmakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW gained 9 percent and 12 percent, respectively. GM is banking on a larger line-up of passenger cars and the new SRX to capture luxury customers from BMW, Mercedes and Audi and from Lexus.
Leading the sales decline at Cadillac are the ATS compact and the larger XTS, each dropping by over 20 percent in the first seven months of 2014. To address the slump, Cadillac is planning to roll out a high-performance V-version of the ATS in 2015, Leone remarked.
There are some bright sides though. Sales of the SRX have surged 16 percent in the first seven months of 2014 to 33,463 vehicles, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
The new Cadillac SRX is provided with a four-wheel independent suspension system as well as a standard rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering system, or an available variable-effort, speed-sensitive steering system. Cadillac tuned the new SRX to deliver a strong on-center feel and a sporty sedan-style driving. As standard, the new SRX is equipped with StabiliTrak electronic stability control that works with the four-wheel-disc/four-channel-ABS braking system, which is also fitted as standard.
As standard, the new Cadillac SRX makes use, of an independent MacPherson strut system on the front, employing a direct-acting stabilizer bar and hydraulic ride bushings. On the rear, an independent "H-arm" rear suspension is fitted, featuring a lightweight hollow aluminum lower control arm as well as a hollow stabilizer bar.
The Base and Luxury Collections of the new Cadillac SRX employ power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering as standard, while Performance and Premium Collections use standard-fitted power-assisted variable-effort and speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system.
All models of the new Cadillac SRX feature a standard rear axle ratio of 3.39. Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections could be availed with a trailering package, which hikes their towing capacity to 3,500 lbs. (1,587 kg).
For the 2012 model year, the suspension system for the Base model offers higher levels of ride quality while maintaining its superb handling characteristics. This was made possible by tweaks like a new upper front strut mounts, new bonded bushings for the front stabilizer bar, new twin-tube rear shocks and improved shock valve tuning.