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Has anyone taken a look at the new Cadillac SRX?

Starts at $38,690 with a V6. Maxed out (V8 Luxury Performance), it appears to be $54,435. YOW!

It has that new "angular" look that Caddies are getting... I like it. Makes it look like a stealth fighter. ;)

Notable features seem to be that Ultraview sunroof they're pushing. Personally, I don't use my sunroof as it is, and I can't see myself using a BIGGER one that lets more air into the vehicle. Give me climate control and I'll be happy.

Magnetic suspension... this looks like a cool gizmo. Not sure how smooth/tight it makes things, but according to them it works really well.

There's the usual players like DVD navigation and rear-seat DVD video with wireless headsets. Very cool with the wireless bit. I don't like the touch screen navigation, though... those screens always get gooped up. Hell, I get worried about my MO's -buttons- getting finger oil on them. Imagine if I had to poke the screen...

Thankfully the climate control is separate from the navigation screen. This is one place where I thought Nissan dropped the ball. I would have preferred climate controls elsewhere, because you can't see the radio AND the climate controls at the same time otherwise. That kinda sucks. I also would have liked a dedicated clock rather than the one on the nav screen, but that's nitpicking.

Overall it looks like a cool ride, but I think that between the Murano and the FX, Nissan still has them beat. However, if you're looking for a family hauler, the SRX might be better... it has a third row seat for the munchkins.

Your thoughts? Anyone driven one?
 

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I guess it is a style-preference thing. I think it just looks terrible!!! I saw high it off the ground (a ramp) at a dealer. It reminded me of the Griswold's station wagon on National Lampoons vacation. I get the angular look, but the grill is horrendously overdone. Like they plastered it onto a 70's station wagon. I do like the sunroof!
 

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I drove over to the Cadillac dealer to take a look before we finalized the Murano deal. I have to second the station wagon impression. I thought it looked really clunky -- drove on by without even stopping.
 

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Thankfully the climate control is separate from the navigation screen. This is one place where I thought Nissan dropped the ball. I would have preferred climate controls elsewhere, because you can't see the radio AND the climate controls at the same time otherwise. That kinda sucks. I also would have liked a dedicated clock rather than the one on the nav screen, but that's nitpicking.

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Hey Doom, I don't get it -- I can see my radio AND climate info at the same time. Mind you, I don't have the NAV. Is this where the difference is?

As for the Caddy, they can keep it. The reference to the Griswald's wagon were bang-on. I'm one of the few (I guess) who isn't all ga-ga over Cadillac's angular look.
 

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Chrysler Pacifica = Griswald's station wagon too, IMHO.

I do dig that sunroof on the Caddie, but wonder about the noise and buffeting having it open. Might be a good way to clear out all the flotsam and jetsam though. Take her up to 80 and open up the windows, then that monster sunroof.....
 

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L O L. The Family Truckster!

You're right, it DOES have that look. The station wagon that tries to be a tank.

And yes, I have NAV. That leaves me with one display or the other, but not both. ;)
 

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it is supposed to have a much better ride then the mo though, with those magnetic shocks.
 

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Knock the Cadillac as much as you want, but all the mags and reviews seem to like it. From what I have read, GM got it right on most points, particularly the power and handling. It has the usual GM cheap interior, but I guess for GM buffs, they don't really notice it.
 

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Hm.....I kind like the new caddy look........I seriously considered CTS.........the engine threw me off.....but in the future.........who knows........

just remember: never say never!;)
 

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if the engine threw you off, check out the CTS type-V. He he, goodbye engine woes.
 

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too late..........got my MO!:D
 

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I guess it is a style-preference thing. I think it just looks terrible!!! I saw high it off the ground (a ramp) at a dealer. It reminded me of the Griswold's station wagon on National Lampoons vacation. I get the angular look, but the grill is horrendously overdone. Like they plastered it onto a 70's station wagon. I do like the sunroof!
Ya mean like this?
 

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God! That's it! Ewww...

I had a dream once, and that thing was in it (more like a nightmare). Only it was a friend's Mercury station wagon.. but it had the paneling on the hood! UGH!

Family Truckster...
 

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The closest thing I've seen to a station wagon.........but I love that huge moon roof! :cool:

Cadillac SRX Brings Strong Performance, Bold Design, Flexibility to Medium Luxury Utility Segment

Detroit, Jan 05, 2003 -- The all-new Cadillac SRX luxury utility makes its official debut at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January 2003, with production start-up to follow in mid-2003.

Cadillac's new entry brings a heightened level of performance and flexibility to the medium luxury utility segment. It's a vehicle able to handle whatever path you put in front of it - a utility vehicle with a towing capacity of up to 3500 lbs. that drives like a sport sedan and looks like nothing else on the road. Its bold, breakthrough styling instantly announces Cadillac's arrival in the segment.

It's the latest model to express Cadillac's bold new design form vocabulary. It echoes the crisp, creased look of its concept vehicle predecessor, Vizón (2001). As the first of Cadillac's S-series of models, SRX foreshadows and shares automotive DNA with future vehicles like the next generation STS sedan.

Available in both rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) applications and based on GM's acclaimed new Sigma architecture, SRX is designed to deliver superior driving dynamics.

"SRX is a true driver's utility, an innovative entry in a me-too segment," said Mark R. LaNeve, Cadillac general manager. "SRX is completely unlike any of the luxury utilities out there. It offers a great look, precise road manners and unprecedented utility. It's a vehicle that lets you say 'utility' and 'fun to drive' in the same sentence."

A luxury utility with the heart and soul of a sport sedan
Many attributes set SRX apart, but at the top of that list is performance. CTS proved the Sigma architecture is the right underpinnings for a driver's car. Now, that flexible architecture has been modified for SRX, featuring the longest wheelbase in its class and helping to provide superior ride quality and dynamic stability.

A near 50-50 weight distribution, a low center of gravity, an outstanding powertrain combination and a host of the latest vehicle stability technologies contribute to making SRX a rare utility vehicle that is, at its core, fun to drive.

Northstar power and sophisticated chassis management
SRX is powered by a duo of new engines, including the next-generation 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT (Variable Valve Timing) and the all-new 3.6L V-6 VVT. The 4.6-liter, 32-valve V-8 Northstar engine, extensively re-engineered and mounted longitudinally, is a sophisticated, technically advanced powerplant that generates 315 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 310 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine incorporates a host of technical innovations, including electronic throttle control and phasers on all four camshafts to control valve timing throughout the entire operating range.

SRX will mark the first AWD and second RWD application of the Northstar engine family. This new 4.6L Northstar makes its debut in the RWD Cadillac XLR luxury roadster.

The 3.6L V-6 VVT makes 260 (preliminary) horsepower at 6500 rpm and 252 lbs.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. The 60-degree dual overhead cam (DOHC), 24-valve powerplant boasts a number of performance refinements, including electronic throttle control, variable valve timing, multi-port fuel injection, two-stage roller chain cam drive, aluminum block and cylinder heads and a forged steel crankshaft.

Both engines will be mated to five-speed automatic transmissions; the 5L50-E with the V-8 VVT and the 5L40-E with the V-6 VVT. The 5L50-E, with 25 percent more torque capacity than the 5L40-E, features Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS), an innovative new dual-plate torque converter and a separate, highly refined transmission control module (TCM) with expanded power and memory. Both transmissions feature Driver Shift Control (which offers the thrill of clutchless manual shifting), electronically controlled engine braking, downgrade detection with brake assist, and Performance Algorithm Liftfoot.

Chassis management and vehicle control systems on the SRX offer a high level of sophistication and help the SRX respond accordingly to virtually all types of driving conditions. Features include the latest four-channel StabiliTrak active suspension control and a segment-first Magnetic Ride Control. The electronically controlled magnetic-fluid based real time damping is the world's fastest reacting suspension control system. Speed sensitive variable effort steering, four-channel ABS with Panic Brake Assist and traction control and available AWD also are included. SRX incorporates all-aluminum suspension components to reduce unsprung mass and optimize suspension performance. The SRX suspension system uses an independent short/long arm (SLA) up front and fully independent multi-link in the rear for superior ride and handling.

Standout styling and flexible cargo management
At first glance, SRX is instantly recognizable as one of the "new" Cadillacs and yet is unlike anything else on the road. The family resemblance to CTS and Escalade is immediately evident; the SRX visually bridges the gap between performance sedan and full-size SUV. Its Cadillac bloodline shows through in its chiseled vertical tail and headlamps and V-shaped grille. At the same time, the dramatically styled SRX clearly stands out from its European and Japanese competitors.

SRX seats up to seven passengers with the optional third row seat engaged. The second row seat, with the most legroom in its class, folds virtually flat, and the third row seat power-folds into the floor at the push of a button - a first in the medium luxury utility segment. Vehicles not equipped with the optional third-row seat can have a cargo management system integrated into the rear floor.

UltraView roof
Nearly all of the vehicle's interior space can be illuminated with daylight by the largest sunroof system available in the segment. The optional "UltraView" roof provides the thrill of an open-air driving experience. It extends to provide more than five square feet of open air over the first and second row seats and integrates a retractable power shade. The "UltraView Plus" includes a vented glass roof over the third row seat.

Built to please
SRX is manufactured at Lansing Grand River Assembly in Lansing, Michigan, which builds the CTS. The 1.9 million- square-foot plant is a state-of-the-art facility based on GM's Global Manufacturing System (GMS). GMS focuses on maximum performance in the areas of quality, safety, customer responsiveness and cost. GMS stresses the importance of built-in quality principles, and the LGR plant practices those principles in every aspect of its operations to assure that its products are world-class in terms of quality.

"CTS is attracting new, younger customers to Cadillac showrooms on a daily basis and SRX will capture that same type of buyer while adding more. SRX will meet the needs of buyers unwilling to sacrifice performance and style for utility," said Jay Spenchian, Cadillac SRX marketing director. "SRX is exactly the vehicle Cadillac and customers shopping for luxury utilities need."
 

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The resemblence is uncanny ;)

Look at the grill and the way the back window is offset. Its the 2003 version of the Griswold Mobile. They are actually making Christmas Vacation II right now, a great opportunity for Cadillac to get some product placement.

I wonder if they have a wood-panel option?
 

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I like it.
It's to station wagons, like the Murano is to a hatchback Altima.


"customers shopping for luxury utilities need."

Hmmn. New acronym?
LUV?
I like that too.



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