2010 Cadillac SRX officially unveiled before Detroit debut | Rpmgo.com

Yesterday, GM has unveiled the new 2010 Cadillac SRX, one week before the car’s official debut at the Detroit Motor Show. The new mid-size luxury crossover follows Cadillac bold design philosophy and, to be honest, it looks pretty good. Under the hood, the vehicle will be powered by a new 3.0 liter V6 engine (a smaller displacement version of the 3.6 liter V6 from the CTS) with direct injection and variable valve timing, which delivers 260 hp and is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission that helps save fuel by lowering the engine’s rpm at constant highway speeds.

Because it’s a crossover and owners might want to take it out on more rough terrain, the SRX will be also be availabe with all-wheel-drive systm with rear eLSD. “In icy or wet conditions, the system can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the wheel that has more grip, while the eLSD also gives the driver enhanced control when cornering hard or completing a high-speed maneuver, such as a lane change, by momentarily applying more or less torque to either of the wheels to help the rear of the vehicle more closely follow the direction of the front wheels. The suspension includes a real-time damping system in conjunction with AWD that adjusts shock damping rates in response to road conditions for a smooth ride quality.

The SRX will also have plenty of safety features, such as the use of martensitic steel in the fully enclosed rocker sections which improves the protection in the case of side impacts, standard head curtain side air bags, standard front seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags, front safety belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, rollover mitigation sensors, a pedal release system, trailer stability assist. The SRX was also designed to meet European pedestrian protection standards; and the front bumper is positioned for greater compatibility with car bumpers.

The 2010 Cadillac SRX production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2009 and the first cars will hit dealerships soon after that. Check out more photos after the jump.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Cadillac SRX

Source: GM