Headlining the changes for the 2012 Cadillac SRX is the presentation of a new 3.6-liter V6 known by its “LFX” code, and which will be the sole engine offering in the range.
It produces 16-percent more horsepower at 308HP (SAE-rated) and 18-percent more torque at 265 lb-ft (359Nm) than the outgoing V6, which is rated at 265HP and 223 lb.-ft (302 Nm).
The LFX is also E85 ethanol-capable and is paired up to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission. Customers can choose between front-wheel drive only and all-wheel drive systems, with the latter incorporating an electronic limited-slip (eLSD) rear differential.
The Detroit firm's engineers also revised the Base and Sport suspension systems for the 2012MY to improve the ride quality.
Other upgrades include a new sound-absorbing material placed throughout the vehicle to make the SRX quieter as well as new additions to the standard equipment.
Feature and content enhancements for 2012 include:
- Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity on all models, with on-screen caller identification
- OnStar Turn-by-Turn automated directions are loaded to the vehicle
- Improved voice recognition for phone activation, navigation and radio station changes
- A heated steering wheel on the Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections
- Door lock switches on the driver and passenger door panels as well as the center console
- Cruise control buttons on the steering wheel
- Memory seat set – the occupant can set the seating position simply by pressing “set” and the number simultaneously
- Backlighting for map lights in the overhead console
- A new machined-face finish on the 20-inch wheels, which are standard on Performance and Premium Collections
- Available all-ebony interior trim
- One new exterior color available this fall: Xenon Blue Metallic.
More details including pricing and fuel economy ratings will be released within the next few weeks.