Cadillac has given the SRX a mild facelift for the 2013 model year. Along with the revision comes the addition of the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system. In addition to that, the luxury crossover will also be available with a CUE-driven rear-seat entertainment system.
The new rear-seat entertainment system will be a $1595 option for SRX models equipped with navigation, and will incorporate two eight-inch flip-up screens mounted on the backs of the front seats. The system also includes separate ports for the rear-seat passengers to control their audio sources and inputs, as well as a new remote designed similar to a video game controller. The new entertainment system also has a Blu-Ray player and pair of wireless headphones as standard, too. An eight-speaker Bose audio system is standard on all SRX models, and a 10-speaker upgraded system is available for audiophiles who want to match Blu-Ray picture quality to top-notch sound.
Cadillac put a fair bit of research into the development of the RSES’ new remote – after querying a number of families and kids it developed a new remote that was similar to one from a gaming console instead of one from a TV. According to Shannon Chiarcos, a human factors engineer at General Motors, the gaming-inspired remote was more intuitive and easier for kids to use without adult assistance than a traditional-style one.
Thanks to the ability for the CUE system to integrate up to 10 different Bluetooth devices, it also means that rear-seat passengers can stream their own audio, while riders up front listen to something else. The eight-inch screen in the center stack can also double as a movie screen when the SRX is in park. The RSES also includes spots for auxiliary video input (for gaming consoles), SD cards, and a USB connection.
The 2013 Cadillac SRX is on sale now, starting at $38,030 including destination.