Cadillac Helps You Out in the Rain
Vehicles like the all new Cadillac SRX have boosted the American auto maker's sales since the crossover's release in 2004. When driving a larger vehicles, safety should be the driver's paramount concern, especially when it comes to piloting through storms like Hurricane Irene, which devastated parts of the North American East Coast recently.
So when Cadillac of Novi- 1350 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI found out SRX will receive upgrades to their weather driving warning system, they were thrilled.
GM is working on a Rain Brake Assist System for the next-generation Cadillac. The US Department of Transportation reports that 1 in 10 of the 620,000 car crashes every year happen during rain. It is our hope that this technology can improve those numbers.
The vehicle brakes work with the 'SRX RainSense automatic windshield wiper system,' and enact when the SRX travels 20 mph continuously for more than four miles in wet weather. The Auto Dry Brakes, also part of this package, occasionally apply themselves gently in order to keep pads dry.
"With drier rotors, when the driver does apply the brakes, the brake system operates more effectively, giving a more-assured stopping feel and better brake effectiveness in wet conditions," GM explains. "The important thing is to assure the brakes are as dry as possible before the driver applies the brake pedal," said Randy Leek, a General Motors brake development engineer. "We designed this feature to ensure that the brakes provide optimal braking performance while driving in inclement weather."1
2012's SRX starts at $36,060, and is fitted with a 308-horsepower 3.6L direct-injected V6 engine with ECO Mode to assist in fuel economy.