Cadillac SRX 2008 | Part Four

Cadillac SRX Interior

Cadillac SRX 2008 Interior

Independent Suspension and Sophisticated Running Gear

Cadillac SRX brings breakthrough levels of performance and ‘drivability’ to the luxury sport-utility segment.  All-wheel drive, independent suspension and outstanding chassis control systems – including Magnetic Ride Control (on Sport Luxury models) – are combined with outstanding powertrain combinations to create a true driver’s car.

The high torsional rigidity of the SRX bodyshell, its near perfectly balanced 50-50% front-rear weight distribution and outstanding dynamics of GM’s Sigma chassis architecture ensure superior ride quality and excellent dynamic stability to create a rare sport-utility vehicle that is fun to drive.  Exceptional wheel travel, with 200 mm of travel in the front and nearly 250 mm in the rear, delivers a truly subtle and well-controlled ride.

The independent double-wishbone front suspension features aluminium components to reduce unsprung mass and enhance handling.  The independent multi-link rear suspension with fully isolated rear subframe is one of the most advanced in the segment set-up to ensure maximum handling stability.  The self-levelling rear suspension adapts automatically to different loads and road conditions.

The car’s handling precision is perfectly matched by its speed-sensitive Electronic Variable Assist Power Steering and easy manoeuvrability when parking is a benefit of the relatively tight 12.1 metres turning circle.

The SRX is equipped with four large ventilated disc brakes featuring dual piston (front) and single piston (rear) lightweight aluminium calipers to meet the highest performance demands.  Backed up by ABS, the system also includes Panic Brake Assist (to boost braking power in an emergency) and Dynamic Rear Brake proportioning that regulates braking pressure depending on vehicle load.

Every SRX model is equipped with high performance tyres optimised for ride, handling and dynamic capability.  The Elegance model has 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/65 (front) and 255/60 (rear) tyres.  Sport Luxury models are equipped with ultra-bright finish 18-inch alloy wheels, plus 235/60 and 255/55 tyres.

The SRX also provides Cadillac’s state-of-the-art Magnetic Ride Control system on Sport Luxury models.  For the ultimate ride and handling balance, this system delivers real-time variable adaptive damping with computer control that allows the damping of each wheel to be varied 1,000 times a second – a performance unmatched by any other system – to guarantee a great ride and virtually eliminate heave, pitch and roll.

Cadillac SRX | Part Five
Published 28 April 2008 Melanie Carter

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