After numerous false starts, we finally know exactly when we’ll see President Donald Trump’s new set of wheels. Known as the Beast 2.0, Cadillac One and, simply, the presidential limo, the vehicle will officially enter service in late summer this year.
Fox News reported on Thursday that Cadillac has handed over the new limo to the United States Secret Service for “post-production requirements.”
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told the outlet, “The public can expect to see the new vehicles put into operational use late summer of this year.”
Cadillac One was originally thought to debut at President Trump’s inauguration, but the program has been delayed since. Obviously, we’ll never know the finer details about the president’s ride of choice, but we do know it will sit on General Motors’ medium-duty truck platform. The Beast 2.0 will wear a design similar to the Cadillac Escalade and CT6 sedan and is actually nearly as long as an Escalade itself.
We know the current presidential limo features a host of safety precautions to keep the commander in chief protected at all times. Reinforced doors, extra thick and bulletproof windows, technology to prevent the effects of an EMP blast and an air filtration system in the event of a biological attack are all present in the current limo.
de Nysschen added that it was Cadillac’s honor to once again design and build the latest limousine and said, “It’s always been part of our heritage and tradition, we have transported presidents over time, and we hope to be able to do so in the future, as well.”