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Trump's New Limo, Modeled After Obama's 'Beast,' to Be Ready for Inauguration

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama aboard, lands near the Presidential Limousine in downtown New York, July 21, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 10:50 AM

President-elect Donald Trump’s new limo is set to be ready when he moves into the White House next month, and the General Motors-built vehicle is said to resemble a Cadillac Escalade SUV on the front end.

Said to be similar to President Barack Obama's armored car, nicknamed “The Beast,” the new presidential limousine was ordered three years ago with a price tag of $1 million to $1.5 million, CBS News reported, adding that the Secret Service already has paid GM $15.8 million for a fleet of the vehicles to serve the president-elect on all domestic and foreign travels.

Details about the vehicles are unknown, but they are likely built to withstand bullets and bombs and include an independent air supply, CBS said.

According to Auto Week, the new presidential limos will share similar design and engineering features with those built for Obama in 2009. The limo can seat up to seven people, or five in conference-style configuration. Updates to the presidential limo are expected to include updated communications systems and a power-adjustable suspension to avoid embarrassing incidents such as one in 2011, when the presidential limo got stuck while departing from the U.S. embassy in Dublin, Auto Week reported.

The first presidential limo was a Lincoln convertible built for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, CBS News noted.

The planned presidential limos haven’t stopped some from imagining what a more elaborate Trump presidential vehicle might look like.

Leonard Yankelovich of Dartz Motorz, which builds luxury armored vehicles posted an image of a gold “Trumpmobile,” Fox News reported. While the car is unlikely to become an official U.S. government vehicle, Fox described it as “a modified Mercedes-Benz GL-Class with B7-rated armor, up to 1,500 horsepower, and door handles that can shock anyone who touches them without permission.”

Sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp imagined a Trump limo “decked out in sparkling gold with chariot-style flair,” CNet reported. “There's a massive eagle on the front, huge wings extending from the back and a woman's figure, arm raised, leading the charge as a life-size hood ornament.”

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