Optional all-wheel drive is provided via a Haldex electronically controlled power-takeoff that distributes torque fore and aft according to driver inputs and driving conditions, and an electronic clutch-pack in the rear differential apportions torque left and right to the wheel with the best grip. Chassis control is further enhanced with a real-time damping system on AWD models that reacts to smooth the ride while eliminating float or bouncing. Base SRXs will roll on 18-in. wheels, with 20s optional.

Interior style and craftsmanship continues GM's march upscale, with hand-cut and sewn material covering the dash and ambient lighting that mimics that in high-end hotel rooms. The CTS's popular pop-up nav screen is employed here and displays directional lines on the rearview camera screen. A dual-screen rear entertainment system, adaptive front lighting, and a sound system with USB MP3-player interface are offered. An electric parking brake frees up valuable center-console real estate and saves mass.

Based on our early static preview, we'd say its potential to dent RX350 sales is pretty good, providing credit is flowing by mid-2009 when SRXs hit dealerships. And we hope Cadillac wastes no time adapting the Vue's two-mode hybrid system to the SRX so it can challenge the RX 400h's stranglehold on the Smug Utility Vehicle crossover class (it fits just fine).

Body style Front-engine, FWD/AWD, five-passenger, five-door SUV
Engine 3.0L/260-hp/221-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6; 2.8L/300-hp/295-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve turbocharged V-6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight 4300-4600 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 110.5 in
Length x width x height 190.2 x 75.1 x 65.6 in
Headroom, f/r 39.7/38.4 in
Legroom, f/r 41.2/36.3 in
Shoulder room, f/r 58.3/56.2 in in
Cargo volume, behind f/r 61.2/29.2 cu ft
EPA city/hwy econ N/A
CO2 emissions N/A
On sale in U.S. Summer 2009