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Cadillac SRX Getting Tech Makeover for 2013

April 3, 2012

Brent Snavely

Cadillac SRX 2010

Cadillac's SRX midsize crossover is getting a technology makeover for the 2013 model year, the company said Monday in advance of the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

The Cadillac SRX is one of five new or redesigned General Motors cars and crossovers that will be shown for the first time when the auto show begins Wednesday.

When it goes on sale this fall, the SRX will get Cadillac User Experience (CUE), a new information and technology system, new control and alert safety systems and new upper and lower grilles.

CUE is built around a new touch-screen that also responds to voice commands to place phone calls, access music and information services and use a navigation system.

The feature is being introduced in the SRX, ATS and XTS.

The main 8-inch LCD touch-screen display can be customized and paired to up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices.

The SRX also will get Cadillac's new driver awareness and driver-assist technology packages.

These include a rear cross-traffic alert, Cadillac's safety alert seat technology, automatic front and rear braking and adaptive cruise control.

The technologies alert the driver of an impending accident and can deploy brakes or adjust the speed if the driver doesn't react quickly enough.

If an accident is imminent, both sides of the seat vibrate and six red light-emitting diode (LED) lights embedded in the windshield flash their warning.

The SRX was redesigned for 2010.

In 2011, Cadillac sold 56,905 SRXs, an 11.4 percent increase from 2010. The SRX is produced at GM's plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

Source: (c) 2012 the Detroit Free Press

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