By Bill Jackson on April 2, 2012
Cadillac is showing off its changes to the SRX crossover at the New York International Auto Show. The SRX was last redesigned for the 2009 model year, and it gets some exterior tweaks and new interior goodies for 2013.
Outside, there's a new design for the upper and lower grilles, front fender vents with LED "light pipes," plus new colors and 20-inch chrome and polished aluminum wheel designs.
Inside, Cadillac is adding its CUE system, which is Cadillac's version of Chevrolet's MyLink or Buick/GMC's IntelliLink system. CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, will give owners access to hands-free texting, navigation and traffic updates, and Pandora or Stitcher applications when a smartphone is tethered to the system. Other interior upgrades include two additional USB ports, an SD card slot, an auxiliary input jack and a 12-volt power outlet. The SRX's steering wheel, shift knob and instrument cluster also get updated designs. HD radio is newly standard.
Also new are Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Cadillac's Safety Alert Seat system and adaptive cruise control. For 2013, Cadillac has added active noise cancellation, which uses microphones to detect and suppress ambient noise for a quieter ride.
The SRX is still powered by the 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. No word yet on prices; it goes on sale this fall.
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