2012 Cadillac SRX Arriving in Columbia SC August 2011

2012 Cadillac SRX for sale in Columbia SC

The 2012 Cadillac SRX crossover goes on sale in Columbia, SC in August 2011. (GM Media)

Jim Hudson Cadillac, the exclusive authorized Cadillac dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, is thrilled to announce exciting changes coming to the Cadillac SRX for the 2012 model year, which begins in August. A new 308-horsepower 3.6L direct-injected V6 engine, even more powerful than the optional turbocharged engine available in 2011, gives SRX the most standard power in its class, and includes a driver-selectable ECO Mode for optimal fuel economy.

While gaining 43 horsepower compared to the standard engine in the 2011 SRX, the new engine (code-named LFX) delivers comparable fuel economy to predecessor engines because of its more mass-efficient design and the ECO Mode, which alters the shift points in the 6-speed HydraMatic automatic transmission to maximize economy.  In addition, the outgoing turbocharged engine was only available with all-wheel drive, meaning drivers can now benefit from the additional power without the normal dip in fuel economy that all-wheel drive vehicles encounter.

The 2012 SRX carries a standard price of $36,060 including $875 destination charge. Other upgrades and changes in the SRX for 2012 include standard Bluetooth on all models, an heated steering wheel that comes on all but the base model, a new Xenon Blue Metallic exterior paint option that will be available in fall 2011, an all-ebony interior option with contrasting stitching, and a new 20-inch wheel finish option.

“We’re taking a winning product in the SRX and reaching higher,” said Don Butler, Cadillac VP for marketing. “The crossover category is one of the biggest and most important segments in the luxury market. SRX has performed very well and is the best selling Cadillac worldwide, but our approach is not to leave well enough alone.”

Since the current generation launched for the 2010 model year, SRX sales in the United States have moved from ninth to second in the segment, overtaking nearly all competitors. SRX retail sales are up 18 percent in 2011, gaining 1.5 share points this year. Additionally, 71 percent of SRX buyers are new to Cadillac, a high “conquest” rate in a luxury segment known for buyers that are highly loyal to their chosen brands.

SRX offers Columbia drivers that venture into worse road conditions an advanced All Wheel Drive system with electronic limited slip rear differential that distributes power front-to-rear, and also can move power across the rear axle based on driving conditions and traction. The chassis includes Adaptive Real-Time damping technology for excellent ride control. Rainsense automatic windshield wipers connect to the braking system, enabling the brakes to conduct slight periodic caliper applications, keeping rotors dry for optimal stopping power in wet conditions.

SRX includes HID headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting, Bose 5.1 surround sound with navigation, a full-color LCD Driver Info Center, and a rear-view camera system. A full year of OnStar service is standard and features myCadillac and OnStar RemoteLink mobile apps and Stolen Vehicle Assistance.

The SRX is Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2011 Top Safety Pick with industry-leading active and passive safety and crash avoidance systems.

2012 Cadillac SRX for sale in Columbia, South Carolina

Jim Hudson Cadillac is the exclusive authorized Cadillac dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, and serves the midlands with a focus on complete customer satisfaction. One of the newest Cadillac dealers in the country, Jim Hudson received its Cadillac dealership in May 2010 after decades of exceptional customer service to its Buick, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac owners.  For more information on the 2012 Cadillac SRX, call Jim Hudson Cadillac at (888) 377-4971 or visit their 2012 Cadillac SRX Columbia SC website.

2012 Cadillac SRX in Columbia SC Benefits From More Power

The 2012 Cadillac SRX benefits from more power while offering more luxury features.

Just two model years removed from a complete redesign, the Cadillac SRX has rapidly become one of the most popular luxury crossover choices in Columbia, South Carolina. Despite outselling the Audi Q5, Acura MDX, and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, Cadillac is not resting on its laurels for 2012. Instead, they are adding even more power to the crossover for improved acceleration both at the stoplight and in the passing lane on the highway. The new 3.6L direct-injected V6 is projected to make 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, a noticeable increase from the 265 horsepower and 223 pound-feet that the current 3.0L V6 makes in the SRX. It also matches in horsepower the 2.8L turbocharged engine that was available in 2010 and limited 2011 models, though the new engine should dispense with the noticeable turbo lag found in the older models. Compared to competitors like the Lexus RX350′s 275-horsepower V6, the Cadillac SRX should provide ample power on the roads.

While official fuel economy estimates have not been finalized yet, Cadillac expects the new 3.6L engine to provide comparable fuel economy to the outgoing 3.0L rated, which is rated by the EPA at 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Columbia Gets More Than Extra Power in 2012 SRX

Additional luxury and convenience features will also be added to the SRX in 2012, with Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity becoming standard equipment across all models. (In 2011, the option was available only on Luxury, Performance, and Premium trim levels.) All models except the base SRX will also receive a standard heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, which does an exceptional job of warming the hands while driving during the winter months. Additionally, Performance and Premium models will offer a new machine-faced finish on the 20-inch wheels that come standard on those trims. Lastly, door lock switches will be added on the driver and front passenger door for added convenience, joining the existing lock switch on the center console.

Of course, many of the most popular features on the Cadillac SRX will carry over unchanged for 2012. Among the most popular features is the UltraView sunroof, a gorgeous oversized sunroof that covers 70% of the roof to let in as much natural light as possible. Convenience is found in the rear cargo area, with a moveable cargo fence and generous under-floor storage space offering flexibility to keep objects stowed safely and securely. Access to those objects remains easy with a power rear liftgate that can be programmed to stop short of its full extension to clear garage doors or allow shorter users to reach the button. (Of course, the power liftgate can also be activated using the button on the overhead console above the driver or by using the key fob.) For those who venture into slippery terrain often, the Cadillac SRX also offers all-wheel drive with an electronic limited-slip differential in the rear. In addition to the added traction, the system allows torque to transfer left-to-right during hard cornering to offer improved control.

2012 Cadillac SRX For Sale in Columbia, South Carolina

The 2012 Cadillac SRX will be arriving in Columbia, South Carolina during late summer.  When it does, it will be available exclusively from Jim Hudson Cadillac, Columbia’s only authorized Cadillac dealer for sales and service.  Jim Hudson added Cadillac to its family of brands in May 2010 after three decades of exceptional customer service to Columbia’s Oldsmobile, Buick, GMC, and Pontiac owners, and continues to serve Columbia drivers with a focus on complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row by readers of The State, which only underscores their customer service excellence.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson’s Cadillac SRX Columbia SC page on their website, or call (803) 783-0110.

2011 Cadillac SRX for sale in Columbia, SC from Jim Hudson Cadillac

2011 Cadillac SRX for sale in Columbia SC

The 2011 Cadillac SRX Crossover is available from Jim Hudson Cadillac in Columbia, SC

The 2011 Cadillac SRX, available exclusively from Jim Hudson Cadillac, offers Columbia, South Carolina car shoppers a dynamic alternative in the mid-luxury crossover segment, with a dramatic design, efficient engine choices and a nimble driving experience. Although the second-generation SRX has only been on the market since 2010 (2009 CY), it has quickly become one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment against competitors such as the Lexus RX and Audi A5 Quattro. The SRX receives several revisions for 2011, with a number of new features and modifications that make the vehicle even more refined, responsive and technologically advanced while offering Columbia’s drivers an even better value.

Customers now have increased access to the features they demand most, with expanded availability of the optional rear-vision camera system and keyless access feature. In addition, the cargo fence is standard on all the collections, allowing customers to leverage the SRX’s rear storage system. There are also two new exterior colors to choose from: Mocha Steel Metallic and the premium Black Ice Metallic.

SRX seats five and delivers generous occupant and cargo room; it can tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,587 kg) when properly equipped. A 3.0L direct injected V-6 engine is standard, though a 2.8L turbocharged V-6 is available in very limited quantities. Both employ advanced technology that helps produce strong performance that is typical of larger-displacement engines, but with greater fuel economy and lower emissions. Front-wheel-drive SRX models with the 3.0L engine are EPA-rated at 25 mpg on the highway.

Performance and safety are enhanced by an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system designed to optimize vehicle handling and stability in all driving conditions. The pre-emptive, active-on-demand system provides an extra measure of capability in wet or icy conditions.

2011 Cadillac SRX Design Wows Columbia Car Shoppers

The SRX’s dynamic exterior features a dramatic diving gesture on the sides to impart the feeling of movement, even when at rest. A multi-piece shield grille and Cadillac’s iconic vertical headlamps – with light pipe technology and available adaptive forward lighting for a striking appearance – are the face of the SRX. They blend into a tightly wrapped, sweeping body that tapers downward at the rear of the vehicle, creating a sporty profile.

The SRX has a wide stance, minimal overhangs and wheels pushed to corners. 18-inch wheels are standard with 20-inch wheels available. A bold accent line dives across the body side and culminates at a chrome front fender vent that incorporates a side marker lamp. An integrated spoiler on the rearward edge of the roof extends the sleek lines and improves aerodynamics for better performance and fuel economy.

An integrated center stack houses controls for climate and audio systems, while the available navigation system rises from the center of the instrument panel. A signature example of the SRX’s attention to detail is the Cadillac script logos in the front door sill plates that illuminate when the doors are opened.

Advanced Technology and Entertainment System in the 2011 Cadillac SRX

SRX features numerous advanced electronic systems. Highlights include an available “pop-up” navigation screen in the dashboard with three-dimensional imaging, adaptive forward lighting that swivels the headlamps in synch with vehicle steering, power liftgate with programmable height setting, integrated hard disc drive for audio storage and a dual-screen system for rear entertainment.

Bluetooth compatibility is standard, as is one year of OnStar’s Turn-by-Turn Navigation service for buyers who do not select the navigation system option.

For 2011, the SRX offers Columbia’s drivers the ninth generation of OnStar technology. The flexible speech recognition system is now smart enough to interpret different sentences/phrases without actually hearing the exact 2-3 word commands from the user. For example, a subscriber who wants to place a call using the Hands Free Calling System simply says: “I would like to make a phone call” or “Need to make a phone call” instead of saying the exact “dial” or “call” command as in past systems. The system will understand that the user wants to place a call and process that command. The system is capable of recognizing thousands of sentences that users may say.

Additionally, significant improvements have been made to OnStar’s flexible speech recognition system to allow it to better understand many regional dialects. This means that no matter your accent, your SRX will be able to understand your commands better. OnStar engineers in North America and China performed extensive validation testing across four languages (English, French, Spanish and Mandarin), more than 30 different dialects and vehicle models in a wide range of driving and noise conditions.

2011 Cadillac SRX Balances Performance and Efficiency

The SRX is powered by a standard direct injected 3.0L V-6 that delivers 265 horsepower (198 kW) and has a six-speed automatic transmission. Direct injection results in more power, better fuel economy and lower emissions, all with a smaller-displacement package. The 3.0L engine uses variable valve timing to optimize power and fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. It is paired with a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. For 2011, powertrain calibrations have been altered on the SRX to improve acceleration feel.

Cadillac SRX Delivers Superior Driving Experience

The driving experience of the SRX blends the best elements of a sports sedan with the safety and excellent traction capability that crossover and SUV buyers value. One of its core elements is its advanced AWD system, featuring an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD.) The eLSD enables the system to distribute torque from the front to rear axle, and also side-to-side, across the rear axle. Developed in partnership with Haldex, a leader in all-wheel-drive technology, the system provides torque to the wheel with the most traction.
The advanced AWD system provides excellent traction in slippery conditions such as rain, snow or ice. In all conditions, the system bolsters other driving dynamics, such as cornering. The suspension includes an available, continuously variable real-time damping system in conjunction with AWD that delivers smooth ride quality by adjusting shock damping rates in response to road conditions. 18-inch wheels are standard, and 20-inch wheels are optional.

The SRX features standard rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering and an available variable effort, speed-sensitive steering system with tuning biased for sport sedan-style driving and strong on-center feel. StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard, which compares the actual dynamics of the SRX with the inputs from the steering wheel and pedals, then adjusts braking on each of the wheels to keep you on track.

Cadillac SRX’s Enhanced Safety Protects Columbia SC Drivers

The 2011 Cadillac SRX is designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash. A strong body structure and chassis that absorb crash energy are complemented by martensitic steel in the fully enclosed rocker sections. Martensitic steel is one of the strongest available and its use in the rockers helps protect Columbia’s drivers and passengers against intrusion during a side-impact crash while also helping maintain the structure during front and rear crashes.

Additional safety features include 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, trailer stability assist and OnStar, which can notify local emergency services of your exact location in an accident even if you are unable to answer their call to the vehicle.

The SRX was also designed to meet European standards for protecting pedestrians in an impact; and the front bumper is positioned for greater compatibility with car bumpers.

2011 Cadillac SRX for sale in Columbia, SC from Jim Hudson Cadillac

Jim Hudson Cadillac is the exclusive Columbia Cadillac dealer, serving the entire midlands of South Carolina.  Jim Hudson has carried the Cadillac SRX since it became an authorized Cadillac dealer in May 2010 following 30 years of exceptional customer service to the area’s Oldsmobile, Buick, Pontiac, and GMC drivers.  Readers of The State have voted Jim Hudson Best New Car Dealership in Columbia an unmatched ten years in a row, a testament to Jim Hudson’s commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  For more information on the 2011 Cadillac SRX in Columbia, SC, call Jim Hudson at (803) 783-0110 or visit Jim Hudson Cadillac at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, SC. Continue reading