Rumored: New SRX to Sport GM’s FlexRide, 3.6 DI
GM's newest Caddy to be "loaded" with technology.
September 8, 2008
Recently Cadillac showed the public the first few images of the 2010 SRX luxury crossover. The vehicle was actually just given the SRX moniker not long before the public release as marketing could not decide whether to go with a new name or stick with what they had. You will better know this vehicle as the “BRX” which was its rumored name for the last year and a half. While many are bitter over the fact that this new SRX is riding on the front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive TE platform, all can be rest assured that it is supposedly loaded with technology. One technology that we know of will be GM’s new FlexRide chassis control system. We’ve also heard of a likely engine offering.
FlexRide is a new chassis control system that GM has shown on the upcoming Opel Insignia. The technology has three basic modes; Standard, Tour and Sport. Those are the three modes on the Insignia, so we assume the SRX will have the same. The Tour mode of FlexRide relaxes the suspension damping and overall chassis feel. In Sport mode however, the damping is stiffer, throttle response is altered to be more aggressive and valving on the steering is adjusted. In Sport mode, the car even changes the transmission software to shift more aggressively. The FlexRide system can even control the all-wheel drive system; sending more power to the rear wheels in Sport mode. In the Insignia, FlexRide will even adapt the Active-Forward Lighting (articulating headlamps), by making them turn faster in Sport mode. In all modes, the FlexRide system can adapt “within a split second” to emergency situations by altering the acceleration, braking, and suspension to avoid a wreck.
Almost every aspect of the FlexRide system is customizable by the driver. There is a Driving Mode Control menu that you can customize what each “mode” of FlexRide does and how much it affects every aspect of the car. How the car reacts to emergency situations is even customizable. It is unclear which aspects of the FlexRide technology the SRX will get, but we have to assume it will get a similar version to the Opels.
Aside from being rumored to have FlexRide, we also have heard that one of the powertrains in the new SRX will be GM’s 3.6L direct-injected High-Feature V6. This, to us, is a no-brainer considering that particular engine has been the V6 of choice for most higher-end products at Cadillac. In the CTS, that powertrain is rated at 304 HP, so we assume the SRX will wear the same. GMI has not heard what low-end engine will be offered on the SRX. We have been told that a 3.0L direct-injected High-Feature V6 is in development and that it would be good for about 270 HP. Possibly it will show its face for the first time in the SRX??? If not, one has to assume the SRX will use the same 3.6 base engine that the CTS uses.
We continue to hear from multiple sources that the new SRX will be “loaded” with technology. Some of which has never been used before. One of those technologies is rumored to be the FlexRide system. That makes sense, as we hear the FlexRide system is going to end up in other North American products shortly. Stay tuned to GMI during the upcoming auto show season, GM is expected to reveal the SRX in its full glory at one of the earlier shows. Production for the SRX is slated to begin in late Spring 2009 at GM's Ramos Arizpe, Mexico assembly plant.
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