The Cadillac SRX is a five-passenger crossover sport utility vehicle redesigned in 2010 and set to receive several important changes and upgrades for the 2013 model year. This front-wheel-drive crossover is available in all-wheel-drive and is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Changes can be found inside and out, including the introduction of Cadillac CUE, an in-vehicle control and connectivity suite.
The second-generation Cadillac SRX now enters its fourth model year and with it gains some of the most significant updates since 2010. Three new exterior colors are now included and new 20-inch wheel designs including chrome and polished aluminum wheels are found in the Performance and Premium collections.
Inside, the biggest change is the introduction of Cadillac CUE for Cadillac User Experience. CUE brings in HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port, two new USB ports for the center console, an auxiliary input jack and a 12-volt power outlet. Also, a new shift knob design and a new steering wheel design are included, with the instrument cluster revised for CUE integration.
Cadillac’s CUE technology is new with 2013 models, making its first appearance in the XTS, an all-new large sedan due out this spring. CUE marries entertainment and information data, what some call infotainment to connect as many as 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, MP3 players, SD cards and USBs. An 8-inch color-filled touch sensitive screen is the heart of CUE and is found at the top of the center stack. It has been strategically positioned for ease of use as well as readability.
CUE is operated in the same way people use today’s smartphones and tablets, using gestures such as swiping, pinching and spreading to operate this system. Notably, a motorized faceplate unveils a covered storage areas for smartphones and similar devices as well as a USB port with full illumination.
Safety is an important ingredient in the SRX’s design and Cadillac now offers Driver Awareness and Assist packages to make this possible. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rear view camera and a safety alert seat that vibrates, replacing the customary beep alerts used today. Drivers will still be warned, but instead of hearing chimes their backsides will be alerted, a move that could help to reduce accidents.
In all, the changes for the 2013 Cadillac SRX are heavy on the tech side, helping this crossover stay at the forefront of infotainment technology. Add in the safety packages and the well-equipped SRX may be one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the market. Fortunately, Cadillac has dispensed with excess switches and knobs, as voice activation and touchscreen options make operating CUE a simple prospect.