The Cadillac Emblem on one of their many cars released in 2011. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
General Motors announced Sunday that the revamped Cadillac SRX will include an entertainment package like no other Cadillac has featured before.
The package will include a Blu-Ray DVD player that expands GM's CUE initiative for connectivity to rear seats. This, alongside a restructured gaming-style remote control for kids, lets each of the 8 inch rear screens play different forms of media like television shows, movies, music, or video games.
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The Blu-Ray capability lets families view the same video quality while inside the vehicle that they have become accustom to at home. People in the front-seats will be able to use an 8 inch touchscreen CUE display on the center-stack while the car is not moving.
Add all that with the improved audio quality, the new Cadillac essentially is a second entertainment room for families.
"Having multiple media connectivity options really gives owners flexibility with entertainment, especially families," said Charlene Goike, rear seat entertainment lead engineer, on the GM website. "One can easily pop in their camera's SD cards on the way home from their kid's sports games to let the young ones instantly relive the action."
A dual-play capability feature lets one user in the car watch a movie, while another is playing a video game or listening to music using the other. A pair of redesigned headphones will be included with the vehicle, customized to fit passengers more comfortably than previous models.
The volume for the specific type of media they are using can be adjusted right on the headphones, while users can also choose which screen they want to listen to on either one of the back-seat screen options.
The package will also include a cordless remote control which is shaped like a video game remote control to help younger passengers use the CUE device and access media options easier than ever before.
"We actually invited a group of kids to test and interact with the new rear-seat entertainment features," said Shannon Chiarcos, human factors engineer responsible for gathering consumer feedback on the GM website. "The data we collected allowed us to go back and make several adjustments to the system, including simplifying the remote control so that kids could use it without the help of an adult."
The entertainment package will be offered as an option on the Luxury Performance and Premium SRX vehicles for $1,595 more. The base price for the 6-speed automatic car will start at around $37,000. Expect the four-door SUV to reach 0 to 60 in around seven to eight seconds.