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Cadillac Srx Flaunts Hand-crafted Auto Elegance

To boost the Cadillac SRX appeal, General Motors is setting a new trend by using hand-crafted features in the crossover's interior.

The newest Cadillac addition utilizes Cadillac's new "cut-and-sew" interior process on its cabin design. Said design combines advanced technology with the hand-rendered exactitude of expert craftsmen. In addition, coverings for components like the instrument panel, center console and door trim are cut, sewn and wrapped mostly by hand. Hence, the meticulous and reliable quality of the hand-crafted features and accessories of the vehicle can be had in the new SRX.

The Cadillac SRX which was launched in Europe in 2004 combines sporty performance and dynamic driving to deliver superb off-road and on-road capabilities. For the model year 2007, the vehicle is enhanced to deliver superior cream-of-the-crop elegance via hand-crafted auto features. The vehicle comes in a rear-wheel-drive V-6 model and an enhanced V-8 Northstar model with six-speed automatic gearbox, a Sport Package and the option of RHD.

"The SRX is the latest and most complete example of our new approach to interiors, blending advanced technology with the hand craftsmanship that was once - and is again becoming - a Cadillac trademark," said Jim Taylor who is Cadillac's general manager. "This new interior adds to SRX's compelling package of design, performance, luxury and value, within the practicality of a crossover vehicle."

The Cadillac SRX also gets a new sport appearance package that includes two exhaust tips, wire mesh treatment, two tire choices, and finally the striking body-color grille and rear fascia. The package with the 18-inch tires is priced at $32000 while the package with 20-inch wheels is priced at $3,945. The 20-inch wheels cost $1,700. The new vehicle from the automaker is equipped with improved Cadillac Escalade parts as well as those of the STS. The auto parts include a new $2,345 Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround digital audio system. In addition, the new SRX is also given significant tweaks.

The Cadillac SRX retains its title as the division's first-ever luxury crossover vehicle that lives by its automaker's bold design vocabulary with its crisp, sharp-edged look, striking vertical headlights, bold front side sections and the V-shaped front narrowing into the classic Cadillac grille.

The Cadillac SRX is now offered with broader powertrain options that include the 4.6-litre, 32-valve V-8 Northstar engine which is extensively re-engineered and mounted longitudinally in the first all wheel-drive application of the Northstar engine family. It is made more sophisticated and technically advanced. In fact, it is now capable of generating 239 kW (325 hp) at 6500 rpm and 427 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. The sophistication is now further improved by a new and more responsive efficient six-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.6L V-6 VVT power plant, on the other hand, produces 190 kW (258 hp) at 6500 rpm and 339 Nm of torque at 2700 rpm. The 60-degree dual overhead cam (DOHC), 24-valve powerplant offers electronic throttle control, multi-port fuel injection, variable valve timing, aluminum block and cylinder heads, two-stage roller chain cam drive, and a forged steel crankshaft mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. The V-6 is now also available with a reasonably priced rear-wheel drive option.

Both 5- and 6-speed Automatic transmissions offer Driver Shift Control, downgrade detection with brake assist, electronically controlled engine braking, and Performance Algorithm Liftfoot. Aficionados in the industry are saying that the brand new elegance offered by the Cadillac SRX is worth indulging.

About The Author Correy Putton is a 28-year old bachelor from Pittsburgh, PA who has been around cars for the better part of his life. He now works online and writes all about his passion: cars. He is also a certified mechanic.
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