Though 2016 will be the last model year of the (current) second-generation Cadillac SRX until the arrival of the all-new Cadillac XT5, the rapidly-aging midsize crossover remains the brand’s best-selling model. We recently spent a week with a 2016 Cadillac SRX, and one particular feature caught our eye — the illuminated fender vents.
By cleverly placing an LED light in the chromed decorative elements behind the crossover’s front wheel wells, the SRX’s fender “vents” light up. We use the term “vents” loosely here, since the SRX doesn’t have actual functional vents. Instead, they are just for show; but we digress. The lights behave in this fashion:
- When the vehicle is unlocked by using either the key fob or the keyless entry button on the door handle, the vents light up with a classy white hue.
- When the vehicle’s turn signals are enabled, either by actuating them from inside the vehicle with the turn signal stalk, enabling the hazard lights, or using the key fob to unlock the vehicle (which also flashes the turn signals), the lights flash orange in synchrony with the turn signals.
To us, the illuminated vents simply look cool and add a nice signature-like touch that doesn’t appear to be available on the upcoming 2017 Cadillac XT5 — the vehicle that will replace the SRX.
So, have you seen the SRX’s illuminated vents in action? Tell us what you think of it in the comments below.