SRX buyers will be able to choose between rear drive and all-wheel drive. Both versions will be available with a new "high feature" 3.6L DOHC V-6 or an updated version of the Northstar DOHC V-8. Cadillac promises the SRX will offer a sporty, carlike ride and handling demeanor, and we won't be surprised to see a high-performance V-Series SRX show up 12-18 months after launch. The fully independent suspension will include the use of GM's Magnetic Ride Control active shock-absorber damping system, introduced on the '03 Corvette. We're told the feature- and safety-packed interior follows design themes similar to that of the CTS, with innovative rear seating and cargo-management flexibility. Its competitors? Think BMW X5, Lexus GX 470, Mercedes-Benz ML, Lincoln's new Aviator, and Chrysler's upcoming Pacifica.

In spite of the fact that Cadillac had no intention of entering the sport/utility business prior to Lincoln's success with the Navigator, Escalade sales have been brisk, so the division is dipping into GM's truck pantry for yet another variant: the Escalade ESV, though they might as well have named it "Suburbillac."