The Cadillac SRX
is one of the rare vehicles that has successfully evaded my attempts at being test driven over the years. I have always been intrigued by this product from its introduction for the 2004 model year; somehow its styling, its Cadillac-ness and the commercial where the driver and passenger pretend to be flying struck a cord with me. Truthfully though, I was never a big fan of GM's luxury brand unless we were talking about a '59 Eldorado or a '67 Coupe de Ville Convertible.
|I have always been intrigued by the SRX from its introduction for the 2004 model year. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Auto123.com)
But somehow, the SRX caught my attention. Sadly for me, every time I tried to book the elusive crossover, the deal would fall apart. For GM, the fact that I never got any seat time made little to no difference. Moments after the SRX landed in dealerships, they were off in the hands of their new owners. Cadillac's first foray in the then-emerging crossover segment was a resounding success.
Although the SRX was doing well, Cadillac and General Motors, as a whole, were flying very low by 2007-08. Even so, at the time, Cadillac had a plan which essentially consisted in a complete revamp of their image, starting with the 2008 CTS
. The new SRX would follow for the 2010 model year to rave reviews.
Yes! I finally got my hands on an SRX. A fully gussied-up SRX4 2.8T no less! I was already smitten by Cadillac's new design direction the second I laid eyes on the 2008 CTS at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show
. What had caught my attention, and still does, are the large grille and tall, narrow and prominent headlights. Likewise, the skinny narrow taillights and muscular beltline are all accounted for in the SRX.
With the right set of wheels, chrome touches and dual tailpipes, the SRX has lots going for it. Its Provoq concept vehicle-inspired appearance help it stand out in the very densely populated sea of luxury mid-size crossovers. So far so very good.
|With the right set of wheels, chrome touches and dual tailpipes, the SRX has lots going for it. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Auto123.com)