A modest visual refresh coupled with a host of new technological enhancements should add up to a new level of competitive appeal for the 2013 Cadillac SRX unveiled in New York. According to Don Butler, the division's vice president of marketing, the changes to this already highly-regarded mid-size luxury crossover illustrates "Cadillac's philosophy of never leaving well enough alone" and includes several new touches that also will be found in the upcoming XTS full-size luxury sedan and compact ATS entry-lux four-door.
Visual changes to the 2013 Cadillac SRX are subtle, and focus on a recast front end that features new upper/lower grille designs and redrawn outboard air intakes that now incorporate new LED light pipes. Three new colors -- Evolution Green Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic and Silver Coast Metallic -- expand the exterior palette while new 20-inch wheel designs add a bit more flash to the mix, especially in the top-line Performance and Premium Collections.
Inside, the five-passenger 2013 Cadillac SRX gains a number of cosmetic and functional enhancements to its formidable list of returning standards. These include a new steering wheel and instrument cluster, HD Radio, additional USB ports/SD card slots and available Bluetooth audio streaming and as well as a standard active noise cancellation system. But the key upgrade is across-the-board fitment of Cadillac's new CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment setup. Featuring an 8.0-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive center screen with proximity sensing and haptic feedback, CUE can integrate up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and reacts to a variety of pinch/swipe/spread gestures commonly used by smartphones and tablets allowing for quick, simple and fully customizable activation and operation to suit each user's preferences.
The revamped 2013 Cadillac SRX steps up its game on the safety-related tech front, as well. Side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert now join StabiliTrak electronic stability/traction control and rollover mitigation sensors on the lengthy roster of standard features while radar-based adaptive cruise control and front/rear automatic braking are new options. Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, a Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines and Cadillac's new Safety Alert Seat that vibrates a not-so-subtle warning should the vehicle's other systems sense lane-drifting or a potential collision also will be available on the 2013 SRX as part of new Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages.
About the only place the 2013 Cadillac SRX remains unchanged is its powertrain. Both front-drive and all-wheel-drive models carry on with the potent 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 that makes 308 horses and 265 lb-ft of torque. Also returning is the SRX's smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Cadillac SRX goes on sale this fall and pricing will be released later in the year.