Cadillac Enhances Technology and Design on 2013 SRX
CUE and advanced safety features complement brand's expanding
NEW YORK – Cadillac introduces technology and design enhancements to
the SRX luxury crossover SUV this week at the New York International
Auto Show. Among the new features for 2013 is CUE, the in-vehicle user
experience that incorporates touch-screen controls similar to the most
popular mobile devices.
The 2013 SRX's enhanced technology also contributes to safety, with
Cadillac's new Driver Awareness and Driver Assist technology packages.
Their features include Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Cadillac's Safety
Alert Seat technology, Automatic Front and Rear Braking, Adaptive
Cruise Control and more, using radar and other technologies to help
Interior and exterior design updates further distinguish the 2013 SRX,
while active noise cancelation technology helps provide a quieter
driving experience. It goes on sale this fall.
"The 2013 SRX illustrates the Cadillac philosophy of never
leaving well enough alone," said Don Butler, vice president of
marketing for Cadillac. "The enhancements for the SRX – including
CUE – are examples of how we're developing advanced technologies and
pushing them consistently through the Cadillac portfolio. They are
also some of the key elements of the all-new XTS luxury sedan and ATS
compact sedan, which will expand the Cadillac portfolio this
Since its redesign in 2009, the SRX has established a strong visual
signature for Cadillac in the luxury crossover segment. The 2013 SRX
refines that appearance with a new design for the front upper and
lower grilles that conveys greater depth and the brand's attention to
detail. The front fender vents are new and incorporate LED light
Three new exterior colors are offered: Evolution Green Metallic,
Glacier Blue Metallic and Silver Coast Metallic. Also new is the SRX's
range of 20-inch wheel designs, including new chrome and polished
aluminum wheels for the Performance and Premium Collections – the top
two option packages.
The SRX is offered in FWD and Advanced AWD models, each powered by a
3.6L Direct Injection V-6 that was added for 2012. It is rated an
SAE-certified 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 265 lb.-ft. of torque (358
Cadillac CUE (Cadillac User Experience) is standard on the 2013 SRX.
It is the brand's new design and technical breakthrough for intuitive
in-vehicle control and connectivity.
CUE pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10
Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with
a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through
customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger
icons. The comprehensive, in-vehicle experience is designed to be
unique for each consumer, from the "simple user" to the
fully connected "super user."
The heart of CUE is the vibrant, eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive
screen – with proximity sensing and haptic feedback – that is
seamlessly integrated in the top of the central instrument panel. It
displays CUE's home page, which resembles a smart phone's screen, with
large, easy-to-target icons that execute commands. Capacitive
technology on the screen and faceplate enables consumers to use the
same "swipe," "pinch" or "spread"
gestures common to most popular smartphones and tablets.
A motorized faceplate for the system reveals a concealed storage area
for smartphones or other mobile devices and includes an illuminated
CUE is the foundation for the 2013 SRX's enhanced driving experience
and is complemented with additional features and design refinements:
• Standard HD radio
• Bluetooth audio streaming is available for all collections
• A USB port in the storage bin behind the CUE faceplate
• The center console now features two additional USB ports, an SD card
slot auxiliary input jack and 12-volt power outlet
• New headphone and remote design for the rear-seat entertainment
system, which also includes a rear USB port and SD card slot
• New shift knob design
• New steering wheel design
• New instrument cluster with new driver information center for CUE
Active noise cancelation is new for 2013 and helps create a quieter
driving experience. The system uses microphones to detect ambient
noise, the frequencies of which are processed by a computer that
directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system to tailor
the sound quality and character inside the cabin.
A new Light Titanium interior color combination is added and matched
with a new Raven Sapele wood color accent.
Popular interior features returning for 2013 include keyless access,
ambient lighting, power-adjustable pedals, heated front and rear
outboard seats, heated steering wheel and the UltraView power
'Control and alert' safety features
SRX is the latest to incorporate Cadillac's "control and
alert" strategy that employs advanced technologies – including
radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors – to help prevent crashes. The
safety features are part of Cadillac's new Driver Awareness and Driver
Assist technology packages.
The advanced technologies bolster driver vision and awareness of road
hazards, intervening to help the driver avert potential collisions. In
some cases, Cadillac's crash-avoidance systems will act without the
driver, such as automatic braking, which activates based on
information indicating potential hazards.
Radar-based adaptive cruise control and front and rear automatic
braking are available. Front and rear automatic braking relies on
short-range radar technology and ultrasonic sensors to help the driver
prevent front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of
alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary. Additional
advanced safety features offered on the 2013 SRX's Driver Awareness
and Driver Assist packages include:
• Forward Collision Alert
• Lane Departure Warning
• Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines
• Safety Alert Seat.
Side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert are standard. Each
uses radar to detect vehicles that may be out of the driver's vision,
providing visual alerts in the outside mirrors and, in the case of
rear cross traffic alert, audible warnings. StabiliTrak electronic
stability control system with traction control, and four-wheel disc
brakes with four-channel ABS are also standard, along with:
• Dual-stage frontal and side-impact driver and right-front passenger
• Head-curtain side-impact air bags.
• Rollover mitigation sensors.
• Front safety belt pretensioners and load limiters.
The SRX is also designed to meet European pedestrian protection
standards, with the front bumper positioned for greater compatibility
with car bumpers.
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