Cadillac Confirms 2016 SRX Replacement Hidden In CarPlay Release

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

“Apple CarPlay will debut in 2016 Cadillac models featuring CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen except the SRX Crossover, a model that will move to an all-new generation in early 2016.”

Leave it to Cadillac to bury news of their SRX replacement – fully expected to be renamed XT5 – on the second paragraph of a press release about Apple CarPlay. After all, the SRX isn’t Cadillac’s most popular model or anything.

Oh wait – actually, it is.

Shortly after Apple’s announcement of CarPlay updates at WWDC this week, Cadillac published a release stating CarPlay will officially debut on all 2016 model year Cadillacs – except SRX. That’s because the crossover model will move to a new generation early next year, likely at Cadillac’s new home auto show of NYIAS in April.

The 2016 model year cars will also enjoy updates to CUE, Cadillac’s oft-maligned infotainment system, in an effort to “enhance phone integration and overall system performance.” Those enhancements will include a new processor to handle the heavy software burden, simplified navigation, Surround Vision for CTS and XTS product lines and an expanded offering of driving mode information.

“Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date,” stated the release.

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  • Zamoti Zamoti on Jun 10, 2015

    Or just have it say "Hey, that's a pretty nice Equinox you got there!" I tried that on a friend who bought one even after I told her that it was just a JO'd Equinox and she bought it anyway. She likes shiny things and is easily impressed so I guess this isn't a surprise.

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    • NTGD NTGD on Jun 11, 2015

      @APaGttH I agree with your point but the Audi analogy was kinda horrible. The A4 shares platform with other Audis. The A3 is the only Audi sedan that shares platform with a VW. Sorry feeling nitpicky this morning.

  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Jun 10, 2015

    The SRX is very rare in Bergen, Westchester and Fairfield Counties, the ring of expensive real estate outside New York City. We have Q5, Q7. Lots of Range or Land Rovers, even that cute little one. The various BMW trucks sell well, from X1 to ///M X6. Lexii as far as the eye can see. Infiniti Q56 Land Arks. Cadillac is occasionally seen as the Escalade, and these are always "this year's model". There are even a whole lot of Mercedes Trucks, which may come from South Carolina, and are all ML somethings. Some of them are huge. Around here, Acura has a hit in the new MDX. GM isn't out of the running either-I'm seeing a lot more GMC/Buick SUV recently... The SRX ? I see more Tesla, and that is NOT an exaggeration. The lack of take in this hothouse area shows the problem-the ATS and CTS also don't sell as they should proportionate to the other high end cars in the area. I don't know gross numbers nationwide, but I think that the take rate for the SRX in other areas hides the lack of desire in this one. "mama want" is what you need, and what the SRX is lacking.

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    • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Jun 11, 2015

      @johnny_5.0 Yup, I don't think I've ever seen any other than black. Nope...never

  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Jun 10, 2015

    The only reason the SRX sells is value. It's cheap to start with compared to its rivals and heavily discounted on top of that. Now, it's old and losing its edge at even competing based on value. It's not that great of a car. It doesn't really feel like a Cadillac. It feels upmarket, but a Lexus RX or Acura MDX feels LUXURIOUS. If it wasn't so much cheaper, it wouldn't sell at all. This is a segment GM should absolutely be NAILING. They have all the right tools and it's and SUV for Pete's sake. Let's hope they get it right, and by that I mean pretty much anything other than putting the base-spec ATS gauge cluster in.

    • Redav Redav on Jun 11, 2015

      The new RX is as ugly as homemade sin, so I expect the SRX will get a bump due to that.

  • Anomaly149 Anomaly149 on Jun 10, 2015

    Android Auto is incredibly sketchy. They (and Car Play) apparently want to send raw CAN data (in some instances) to their respective servers, not just Navigation inputs and GPS traces.