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.