Detroit 2009: 2010 Cadillac SRX

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 . . .

To read more about the 2010 Cadillac SRX, go to our 2009 Detroit auto show coverage. All the latest blogs from the Editors of Automobile Magazine can be found HERE. We've got our whole staff wandering the floor at Cobo Hall bringing back live photos and more information about all the new debuts from Detroit.

Daisy Lynn
GM should be embarrassed! The Cadillac SRS assembled in Mexico??????? As a member of the United States work force, I took the SRS off of my list of cars to consider this year. I will only consider cars that are manufactured in this country. If I am making a living here, I would like to help others keep their jobs and feed their families. Shame on you!
hb63469
I was just looking at the 2010 Cadillac SRX since it was front wheel drive unlike the 2009 SRX. I was shocked when I saw the window sticker!The window sticker stated;Transmission made in USAEngine made in MexicoVehicle assembled in MexicoMost parts 55% (I think) made in MexicoOther parts 35% (I think) made in USAThe rest are probably from China.Here is a company that just received billions of dollars from the taxpayers.The last 10 or more vehicles I purchased were GM and Ford all USA made. I guess it's time to switch to Lexus. Shame on GM and the government, and they wonder why our unemployment is double digits.
Patriot98
Made in Mexico in 2010 !!!Why are we bailing out GM and they are moving the Cadillac SRX plant to Mexico? I am driving the 2009 Cadillac SRX, but if they are producing the 2010 in Mexico it will not be my next purchase. We only buy cars made in U.S.A. and have for fifty years, over fifty cars and trucks mostly new every year. Are illegible aliens buying new cars, or American tax payers?It is unpatriotic to buy a foreign if you served in US military. Our children will need jobs in this country.Would you buy and American flag made in Iran?.I may be interested in the new 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon in it is produced in U.S.A., if not it will not be a rice burner.
beachcomber
For $42,000 you can't build this in Lansing, Michigan? Why in the world is this being built in Mexico. Well, that doesn't help the American worker or our economy. Count me out on a potential customer for this one.
KaBoomBOX
It's an interesting design, and far more palatable than an Escalade (imo), just kind of a shame it wasn't ready about 2-3 years ago. as for third row seats, they're just ridiculous, should be outlawed. Yeah, let's put our children in seats in the rear crumple zone of a car, but that's another topic. Could Caddy not have found a better color than Mary Kay pink for the display car?

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