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).


2010 CADILLAC SRX
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