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2012 Cadillac SRX To Get More Power

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On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 12:57PM | By: Tim Healey

2012 Cadillac SRX To Get More Power

Cadillac's SRX has been the company's answer to Lexus' hot-selling RX 350 mid-size luxury crossover SUV, and now it's getting some more power for 2012.

A 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 is on tap to replace the 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and the 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6. The 3.6 will put out 300 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That's 35 more ponies and 37 more lb-ft than the 3.0, and the same amount of horsepower as the 2.8, although it's a reduction in torque of 35 lb-ft. The 3.6 is flex-fuel capable.

There will be other new features as well, such as wireless cell phone links on all models, and a heated steering wheel on performance, luxury, and premium trims. The performance and premium models will get 20-inch wheels.

Overall, those are subtle changes, but moving to one engine likely reduces build costs for GM. The fact that the 3.6 is stronger than the old base 3.0 could also sway buyers away from the RX to the SRX.

The RX remains the top dog in a segment that also includes BMW's X3 and the Acura RDX. But the second-generation of the SRX has been well-received.

For GM and Cadillac, the challenge is to steal even more sales from the segment king RX. Adding more standard power is a good start.

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