2013 SRX Delivers Home Theatre-like Tech
CUE's extension to the rear seat enables Blu-Ray DVD, dual-play
DETROIT – The refreshed 2013 Cadillac SRX will offer an entertainment
package featuring a Blu-Ray DVD player that extends Cadillac's
signature CUE system for connectivity to the rear seats along with a
redesigned kid-tested gaming-style remote control that allows each of
the 8" flip-up rear screens to play unique media.
With CUE, users can pair of up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices at
once, including mobile phones, SD cards, USBs, and MP3 players. For
the first time, rear-seat passengers can connect to and manage their
own music players and playlists. A special connector cable sold
separately allows watching movies stored in media players.
The addition of Blu-Ray allows families the same video quality on the
road as they're accustomed to at home. Front-seat passengers will be
able to watch videos via the 8" touchscreen CUE display on the
center-stack while the vehicle is in park. With audio playing
throughout the vehicle's speakers, the SRX becomes a home-theatre on
A dual-play capability feature allows one user to play a video game on
one monitor while another user watches a movie or listens to the radio
on the other.
"Having multiple media connectivity options really gives owners
flexibility with entertainment, especially families," said
Charlene Goike, rear seat entertainment lead engineer. "One can
easily pop in their camera's SD cards on the way home from their kid's
sports games to let the young ones instantly relive the action."
The rear-seat entertainment package also gets an all-new cordless
remote control, designed for familiarity and ease of use. Shaped like
a video game remote control, it mimics the layout of buttons to help
young users access their favorite media more easily. A quick-reference
sheet will also be provided so users know what each button on the
remote will do.
"We actually invited a group of kids to test and interact with
the new rear-seat entertainment features," said Shannon Chiarcos,
human factors engineer responsible for gathering consumer feedback on
entertainment options in the vehicle. "The data we collected
allowed us to go back and make several adjustments to the system,
including simplifying the remote control so that kids could use it
without the help of an adult."
The SRX gets a pair of updated wireless headphones designed to fit
more comfortably than previous versions as well as the ability to
toggle between what is being played on either back-seat monitor. Users
can also adjust volume directly on the headphones themselves.
The rear-seat entertainment package will be available as an option on
Luxury (with navigation,) Performance and Premium SRX trim models and
will retail for $1,595.
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years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful
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