The Cadillac SRX has gone through a few iterations to make it performs better throughout the years, especially the ditching of the unjustifiable turbocharge V6 engine. Today, Cadillac has just announced major upgrades for the upcoming 2012 Cadillac SRX crossover.
For starter, since the dropping of the turbocharged V6 engine, Cadillac is replacing with a more potent 3.6-liter direct injected V6 engine. The new 3.6-liter V6 engine will replace the current 3.0-liter V6 as well. The new 3.6-liter V6 engine is expected to produce 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 35 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque of the current 3.0-liter V6 engine.
“SRX is resonating with luxury buyers by offering the function of a crossover and the distinctive style of a Cadillac,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. “Now, we’re raising the standards even higher by providing the SRX with enhanced performance. The new engine will make the SRX more responsive for passing on the highway, entering freeways from on-ramps and climbing hills.”
But that is not all, the new 3.6-liter V6 engine is FlexFuel capable, which it can use either gasoline, E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. Cadillac expects the new 2012 Cadillac SRX to be more fuel efficient as well. So, when compared to the current engine with an EPA rating of 18 city/25 highway mpg, we expect the new V6 engine to have one or two mpg improvement.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX seats five and provides ample occupant and cargo space along with a towing capacity up to 3,500 pounds. It is also available in an all-wheel-drive model, which has an electronic limited slip rear differential to help improve traction in slippery road conditions as well as balancing torque transfer to the wheels.
Besides the performance upgrades, the 2012 Cadillac SRX will feature a variety of technological improvements from wireless communications to entertainment. Cadillac will offer standard Bluetooth connectivity on all models, in addition, performance and premium trim levels get a new 20-inch wheel option and heated steering wheel.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX is expected to arrive at dealerships in late summer. Pricing will be announced a month ahead of the start of production.