The SRX from General Motor’s Cadillac division is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV and a 2010 bestseller in the U.S. The first generation of the Cadillac SRX was produced between 2004 and 2009 with 255 HP High Feature V6 and 320 HP Northstar V8 engines. Set on GM’s Sigma platform the first generation Cadillac SRX was available as rear or four wheel drive, with a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission system. The model was listed in the “Five Best Trucks of America” list by Car and Driver Magazine from 2004 to 2006.
Back in 2010, Cadillac remodeled the SRX on the Provoq concept of GM’s theta premium platform, becoming all-wheel drive and dropping the V8 engines. The Provoq concept entails a fuel-efficient hybrid mechanism that has a hydrogen fuel cell with a solar panel powered rechargeable lithium ion battery. Chevy’s Volt uses similar technology and GM’s Voltec platform has many similarities with the Provoq. Currently the SRX is manufactured in Mexico and China. It offers only a 6 speed automatic transmission, with no other options. In the same year Cadillac had a safety recall of its 2010 SRX as it was found that many turbo charged 2.8 liter V6 engines could fail to perform if driven aggressively. NHTSA’s initiative forced the Cadillac to recall its 550 2010 SRX.
Despite the recall, Cadillac SRX sales kept on mounting annually, and in 2012 the brand boasted record annual sales for the Cadillac, with 57,485 units sold in the U.S. Being a luxury crossover sports utility vehicle, the Cadillac SRX has truly excited certain segments of the U.S. automobile market. Whether it is brand new one or used Cadillac SRX, with all the luxury and performance features the brand implies it remains a top choice.