It’s commonplace in Dubai to be surrounded by modern-day luxuries as the city continues to make a name for itself through countless developments and initiatives. Whether through record-breaking high rises scraping the sky or mega-malls that resemble small towns in size, Dubai never ceases to better itself. One of the luxuries that is within earshot in every direction is that of high-end cars.
Our streets are graced with the finest and rarest from the automotive world, with the likes of Britain, Germany, and Italy especially dominant. In the world of fashion, we are definitely spoilt for choice with how we navigate the city, so when an American brand came knocking on our door claiming to be the new player in luxury, its claim certainly grabbed our attention. After all, a bit of competition never really hurt anyone.
We were lucky enough to spend two days in late December with an all-new chauffeured Cadillac ‘CT6’ as we went about our daily routines. At almost half the price of its German rivals, the ‘CT6’ had a lot to live up to in terms of what we look for in a car. Needless to say, the finer details of what lay under the hood are of little importance to us. When we sometimes spend almost half of our day on the road in Dubai’s never-ending traffic, trekking from meeting to meeting, it’s the more obvious comforts in life that play a more prominent role in what we look for in a car.
Our two days in the Caddy took us all around the city, with stops in Al Quoz, Deira, Bur Dubai, and Sheikh Zayed Road, to name a few. We figured this would be the best way to really test the ‘CT6’ under all the road conditions that our lovely city has to offer. Let’s start with the looks. At first glance, the car looks compact and sleek. The signature Cadillac design language speaks volumes, and you’d be excused for confusing it with its smaller sibling, the ‘CTS’.
Walk closer to the car, and it’s as if – by some sorcery – the car transforms into the full-sized sedan that it promises to be. It’s big. Really big. The car itself does stand out from the German crowd thanks to its low silhouette and unique headlights, which are drowned in LED lighting that surrounds a menacing grill. It’s really only until you get close enough to the car that you start to realize the purposeful details. Otherwise, from a distance, the car renders itself as a Fendi rather than a Chanel — quite happy to sit in the background and play second fiddle to Lagerfeld’s more established endeavor.
From a distance, the car renders itself as a Fendi rather than a Chanel — quite happy to sit in the background and play second fiddle to Lagerfeld’s more established endeavor.
Stepping into the back, you really do get a better sense of just how big the ‘CT6’ really is. There is space (and a lot of it, too). The individual seats are separated by a central console that is covered in buttons. What do they do? To our delight, these controls allowed us to adjust the backseats to suit our preferred positions and for us to travel in pure comfort – perfect for a girl-on-the-go working on her laptop during her morning commute. As if that weren’t enough, the high-grade leather captain’s chairs had more tricks up their sleeves.
Apart from the now-standard heated and cooled chairs, these also came with a massage function that was easily best-in-class versus its competition. The rear also had its own panoramic moon-roof, blinds, and two stunning displays that were beautifully hidden within the front seats and slide out only when they are in use. You could pretty much have a manicure and a massage, all whilst watching your latest Netflix obsession on the way to your next cocktail party in Abu Dhabi.
The technology in the car is no laughing matter, either. Cadillac went above and beyond to keep the occupants both safe and entertained. With safety features like automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, magnetic suspension, 360-degree cameras, and head-up display, this car is both one of the safest and most comfortable to be in.
It was, however, the more obvious entertainment options that really grabbed this fashion girl’s attention. Nestled upfront amidst a sweeping dashboard of premium wood and leather is a ten-inch HD display that boasts an endless supply of wizardry. The pièce de résistance? Apple ‘CarPlay’. Plug in your iPhone, and the infotainment system becomes a bonafide iOS device right in front of your eyes, giving you that comforting feeling of familiarity.
Cue the sound system. The track du jour was “Starboy” by The Weeknd. The only reaction one could have was pure and utter amazement. The ‘CT6’ boasts a custom, 34-speaker Bose ‘Panaray’ system. The only way to describe it? It makes you feel like you were Bella Hadid walking down the Victoria’s Secret runway as The Weeknd himself was singing directly to you. Pure magic.
The only way to describe it is to say that it makes you feel like you were Bella Hadid walking down the Victoria’s Secret runway as The Weeknd himself was singing directly to you. Pure magic.
After two days of gliding through Dubai’s streets with minimum effort and maximum comfort, we were sad that we were coming to the end of our time with this American beauty. It made us rethink all of our stereotypes about American cars. This car was the real deal and it ticked all the boxes, but almost as if to prove itself one more time, it had one final trick up its sleeve.
At the end of the final night with the car, a heavy fog hit Dubai. Visibility was minimal, to say the least. But did the Caddy care? Not one bit. On came the infrared camera to display with full clarity on the digital dash just what lay ahead of us, marking every obstacle with a yellow box to tell us exactly what to avoid. It didn’t have to do that because we’d already fallen in love with the car – but it did. It won us over just that little bit more.