Cadillac SRX 2008 | Part Five

Equipment, Fixtures, Fittings and Storage

For 2008, the SRX is available with a choice of Elegance or Sport Luxury equipment and trim.  The Elegance comes with remote keyless entry, 8-way power adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, leather-trimmed seats, power adjustable pedals, power folding third row seats, power opening/closing tailgate, premium Bose 8-speaker audio system and an auxiliary port for connecting MP3 devices such as an iPod.

As well as being able to specify the 4.6 V8 Northstar engine, customers who choose the Sport Luxury SRX can enjoy additional equipment including Magnetic Ride Control, larger ultra-bright 18-inch alloy wheels, power adjustable lumbar support front seats, in-dash 6-CD player, and rear air-conditioning.

A key priority for SRX designers was providing usable and convenient storage space.  Up front, there are covered door bins, door map pockets, front seatback pockets, a centre console with two compartments, a bin behind the front console, a glove box with shelf and twin covered cup holders.

In the rear, SRX has a second row fold-down console with cup holders, twin third-row cupholders, plus large side storage bins in the cargo area and an available cargo net to always ensure safe stowage of items in the luggage area.  For added security, an integrated cover hides items stored on the luggage area floor.  The cover colour is fully integrated with the interior design and the cover virtually disappears into the side wall of the rear compartment when not in use.

The standard roof rack, with a maximum load capacity of 45 kilos, extends the vehicle's storage capability.

The seven-strong list of factory-fitted options includes a rear seat entertainment system with 180 mm flip up LCD screen mounted on the back of the centre console, DVD player, infrared headphones, video game jacks and a remote control.  A DVD navigation system is also offered, while other options are a 6-disc CD auto-changer and a Bose 5.1 Surround Sound audio system.

Optimised Protection with Active & Passive safety technologies

The SRX features state-of-the-art ‘passive’ and ‘active’ safety technologies to provide optimised protection for occupants in the widest possible variety of driving scenarios, helping drivers cope with hazardous situations or providing a safety cage if an accident is unavoidable.

As a first line of defence, the SRX’s bodyshell makes extensive use of ultra-high strength steel in its octagonal-section front engine bay chassis rails, side sill panels and various longitudinal chassis rails.  The vehicle's largest structural member is an immensely strong two-piece, transverse magnesium casting behind the dashboard that complements the frame's first cross member running parallel to it below the floor pan.

Each SRX has a total of six airbags fitted as standard, including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and two full-length curtain airbags.  All are controlled by a central Sensing Diagnostic Module (SDM) which automatically detects an impact, gauges its severity and determines the most appropriate airbags to deploy.

As well as class-leading passive safety in both its structure and equipment, the Cadillac SRX leads the way in dynamic or ‘active’ safety too.  The same advanced technologies that give stirring performance and excellent road behaviour, also create a safe vehicle in all driving conditions.

The vehicle's strong, all-weather performance makes it a true driver's car, with the latest technologies helping SRX drivers to stay in confident control.  The all-wheel drive system runs a 60-40% front-rear torque split as the default, automatically diverting more torque to a specific wheel or wheels in the event of tyre slippage.

SRX is equipped with a standard traction control system (TCS).  It combines both engine torque reduction and brake application on individual wheels to eliminate wheelspin at all driving speeds for maximum driver control regardless of conditions.

Fully integrated chassis control is augmented by Cadillac’s ESP-style StabiliTrak system.  This full-time, fully-automatic system detects deviations from the driver’s intended course and applies the brake to one or more wheels to eliminate excessive understeer and oversteer, particularly during sudden evasive manoeuvres and when driving on wet, snow-covered or icy roads.

Other standard safety features on SRX include Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, seatbelt pretensioners, the LATCH system (for easy installation of child seats at both outboard positions of the second row), child security door and window locks, anti-theft protection and battery rundown protection.

Published 28 April 2008 Melanie Carter

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