How to upset the Cadillac SRX vehicle line executive: Ask if the new SRX is mechanically related to the Chevy Equinox and the Saturn Vue. For the record, it's not. Sure, they're all five-seat, front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive crossovers, and they're roughly the same size, but the Chevy and the Saturn are on GM's Theta architecture, the Caddy uses a separate set of underpinings, one that will be shared with the upcoming Saab 9-4X (should that vehicle come to pass).
Anyway, in talking to the Cadillac guys we also learned a bit more about the new SRX. Lower and shorter, but wider, than the current SRX, the new model is expected to deliver an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 19 or 20 mpg with its base engine, a 260-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. The uplevel engine is smaller but more powerful, a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 good for 300 hp. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the turbo will come standard with an adaptive suspension system (also optional on the base car) with sport and comfort modes. The available all-wheel-drive system can apportion torque front-to-rear and also from side-to-side across the rear axle, as in the current Saab 9-3X. One thing you won't find in the new SRX is an optional third-row seat. Buyers looking for that feature will be ushered over to the Escalade . . .
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