The 2017 presidential inauguration was the first time in a long time that a new presidential limousine did not debut during the parade even though it was scheduled to be ready the same year. As a result, the 45th chief executive took to the parade route in a fleet of limousines designed for former President Barack Obama in 2009.
The reason for the delay in the delivery of the new limousine remains a bit of a mystery -- Cadillac would have preferred to have the new limo debut during the parade itself -- but its contract with the Secret Service likely allowed a delivery window that encompassed the actual inauguration but did not mandate a readiness date prior to it. Basically, Cadillac had a time window to deliver the limousine, with the inauguration being a desirable bonus.
No matter: We have fresh images of the 2017-generation presidential limousine, and as we had expected it will maintain the general layout of the 2009-generation limousine with a short insert after the B-pillar, a longer E-pillar section and a rakish rear window leading to a relatively small trunk. (The president's golf bags never travel in the trunk, so that won't be a problem when it comes to function).
As predicted, the 2017 limousine will have a more rakish rear window (a weight-saving measure).
As expected, the 2017 limousine will also maintain the 2+3+2 conference-style interior seat layout that has been a feature of presidential limousines for decades, with the middle row of jump seats designed to fold away when not needed.
When it comes to design, we can also see the new limousine will wear a version of Cadillac's latest corporate grille -- custom-made for this limousine rather than borrowed from the Escalade -- but will likely borrow most components of the Escalade's headlights. As the photos demonstrate, the limousine will also be several feet longer than the Escalade and Tahoe SUVs, though it is likely to be just a little bit shorter in height than both.
The new limo will be wider than Chevrolet's longest SUVs, as expected, but it may end up being just a little shorter in height.