In advance of the highly anticipated arrival in dealers’ showrooms of their new 7-passenger full-size SUV, Cadillac took over the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown and the highways and backroads of Northern Virginia for a hands-on preview of the 2020 XT6 Premium Luxury and XT6 Sport. They invited Team SoulBounce along for the ride, and we couldn’t wait to take the hot new whip for a spin and test it for our SoulBounce-Worthy must-haves: style, sound and safety.
Our DMV staycation adventure kicked off with an elegant dinner and impromptu art history lesson at the Kreeger Museum in Georgetown. Afterward, we were chauffeured in a colorful fleet of sleek XT6s to the National Mall for a tour of the memorials by moonlight. We ended the evening back at what would be our late-night urban hang suite, the Ritz-Calrton’s “Living Room,” for gourmet bites and libations.
On day two, we jumped in an XT6 Premium Luxury in Satin Steel Metallic and navigated our way to Virginia’s wine country. The route was a good mix of highways, country roads and sharp curves giving us ample opportunity to experience the vehicle first-hand. The interior was plush with a mix of authentic exotic woods, carbon fiber, leather appointments and metallic accents. The effortless steering and butter-smooth handling made for an incredible ride. The 3.6L V6 engine going from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds had us breezing past the competition and stunting on their curious owners.
We kept hearing about the Bose 16-way speaker system designed exclusively for the 2020 XT6 Premium Luxury, and the hype was warranted. With incredible front-row concert-like acoustics and bass, Anderson .Paak never sounded so good. Yes, Lawd! Cadillac calls it “experiencing the unbelievable.” They’re right, we still can’t believe how flawless the sound was in the XT6.
We made our first stop at Bluemont Vineyard. After enjoying the breathtaking views, we continued on to Stone Tower Winery for lunch and a sneak peek at the Cadillac XT5 redesigned for 2020. The updated version offers more of the luxury, style and superior handling that those who stan for the SUV love. The highlight, though, was chatting with the African American lead engineer whose incredible vision, passion and leadership helped bring the XT5 and XT6 from concept to production.
We decided to forego a winetasting, opting instead for more time in the XT6. On the way back to D.C., the potholes and traffic on the Beltway and George Washington Parkway thoroughly tested all of the XT6’s safety features. The lane change assist, lane departure warning, gentle steering nudges, pulsating driver’s seat safety alert, HD rear vision camera and forward collision alert all got put to the test. The front pedestrian braking was clutch as we crossed the Key Bridge and drove down M Street with all of the cyclists and pedestrians darting out from nowhere.
We wrapped the media preview with a flavorful family-style dinner at Risika and frosé nightcaps back at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. It was awesome exploring and discovering so many gems in our own backyard. Replete with fine dining, well-apportioned accommodations, vineyard views, cool conversations and fly rides, this staycation was one for the books.
Kudos to our friends at Cadillac on an exceptionally curated drive experience. The superb attention to detail from the branded limes in the Cadillac Margaritas to the decadent sweets in our luxe quarters was nothing short of the well-crafted excellence Cadillac is known and beloved for world-wide.