Vehicle technology and safety have changed quite a bit since 2009. 2009 is the last time a new presidential limousine was unveiled for then-president Barack Obama. Current president Donald Trump is in for a new set of wheels, though.
General Motors has been spied testing the successor to Cadillac One, or “The Beast,” and it looks to be a far cry from the current limo. Up front, it still looks like a mix between Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac CT6, while the rear takes plenty of CT6 cues. That’s a good thing because the current DTS-inspired presidential is looking pretty darn stale.
Underneath, however, it is not a Cadillac. The presidential limo is actually based on a medium-duty truck platform and it measures in longer than a Chevrolet Suburban. The latest safeguards are likely in place, too, though the federal government is barred from sharing details due to security concerns. We know the current limo features bulletproof tires, windows and sheet metal, and it can withstand EMP attacks as well as chemical attacks with an onboard oxygen supply.
The new limousine was supposed to be revealed at President Trump’s inauguration, though, it failed to show up. Now, it’s unclear when Trump will receive his new ride, though, it will likely be sooner rather than later.
Spy shots: Automotive News