With its 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover, GM hopes to fight back the massive offensive of the new breed of car-based Korean and Japanese SUVs, which are lighter, cheaper and much more fuel efficient than the truck-based dinosaurs like GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe.
Similar in styling to the recently revealed Cadillac Provoq Concept, but still speaking this new Cadillac design language with lots of straight lines and sharp angles, the 2010 Cadillac SRX will be the first major restyling of the model that was launched back in 2004.
It is reported that the new version of the medium-sized Cadillac SRX will be the premium brand’s global model and will be sold worldwide starting mid-2009.
The 2010 SRX will share its front-wheel drive GM’s Theta platform with the 2007 Opel Antara, 2008 Saturn Vue and the upcoming 2010 Saab 9-4X. I can also guess that there is a good chance that there will even be a Two-Mode hybrid version of the vehicle if the OPEC has its way with finally driving oil prices through the roof, the stratosphere and even beyond the Moon orbit.
On most markets, the SRX will have to face such serious competitors as the 2009 Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, Lexus RX 350, VW Touareg and Infiniti FX35.
Truth be told, its interior -even despite the leather-clad dashboard and nice-looking instrument gauges- still leaves much to be desired if compared to the German premium-priced crossovers (gosh, I hate that thin steering wheel: you can almost cut your palms with it). Still, it looks quite good if you take the Japanese SUVs as your point of reference.
See also: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV