The nation’s 45th President is headed into office soon and that means a new Presidential Limousine will hit the road soon as well. According to GM Authority, the new 2017 POTUS limo will be revealed on Inauguration Day in January.
Spy photographers spotted General Motors testing what was likely the new Presidential ride over the summer. It was camouflaged but looked like a modified version of the current Presidential limo, which is based on a heavy-duty commercial vehicle chassis. It incorporates Cadillac’s latest styling which includes LED vertical headlights plus a CT6-like grille. Renderings on Autoweek give it a face similar to the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. It will continue to have seat seven people with a 2+3+2 layout, after all there are only so many ways to fit POTUS and a few of his aides.
President Obama’s ride is dubbed the Beast. The biggest difference in the 2017 rides will probably be technology. We can expect a much more tech’d out ride with a better communications center. It will reportedly also get beefed up in the suspension department to avoid getting stuck on steep grades, like the Beast did in Ireland a few years back.
Safety features on the 15,000 to 20,000 pound car include bomb proofing so it can take a hit from an IED or RPG. It will have armored windows and oxygen supplies to withstand a chemical weapons attack.
The U.S. Secret Service maintains a fleet of around a dozen similar vehicles. The price tag for one of these is believed to be in the ballpark of $1.5 million.