GM has formally resurrected the Hummer brand with the introduction of the GMC Hummer EV pick-up truck.
We’re going to see a complete “super truck” with a super price tag.
In January, GM announced Hummer’s revival, a discontinued truck company best known for its bloated trucks inspired by military humvees.
After a few months of teasing, the automaker held a formal unveiling ceremony for the GMC Hummer EV.
The revived Hummer would appear first as a pick-up truck and then as an SUV. The new pick-up is going to be quite a beast, with up to 1000 horsepower from its highest powertrain option, which uses three electric motors, providing an average output of 350 miles per charge and a boost to 60 mph in a reported 3.0 seconds.
The Hummer EV also contains interchangeable roof panels, an additional adjustable air suspension, and a unique four-wheel steering system that allows you to “crab” sideways—drive diagonally—all of which should render it easy to take off-road.
Pick-up trucks are the next battleground for electric vehicles, as possible competitors from up-and-coming Rivian, Bollinger, and Tesla—as well as existing automakers such as Ford—are planning their entrants in this emerging market.
What’s unique in 2022?
Although Hummer is an iconic name, the Hummer EV will be an all-new model in the GMC portfolio. The Hummer EV will be on sale in the fall of 2021, and only the more luxurious Edition 1 variant will be available at first; the less expensive models will be seen in the photo beginning in 2022.
Let’s see what the model provides:
The capacity of towing and payload
As far as towing and payload are concerned, GMC has not yet released the detail. To deal with the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T and R1S versions, the Hummer EV will need to have a towing capability of between 7500 and 11,000 pounds and a cargo capacity of between 1500 and 3500 pounds.
GMC Hummer EV Powertrain
GM is offering an EPA range of more than 350 miles and a charging rate of 350 kW for its 800-volt battery.
They don’t show the battery pack’s power, but they said it would add 100 miles at the charge rate in just 10 minutes of charging, which is impressive for a truck that isn’t supposed to be useful for an electric car.
The promised 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque come from an e4WD three-engine propulsion system that allows torque vectoring.
It can even move like a crab with a four-wheel steering mechanism.
While the Hummers of the past were primarily SUVs, the Hummer EV takes the shape of a super duty pick-up truck with a five-foot-long bed; the SUV variant leads the truck into development and is scheduled to be released sometime in 2021.
The Hummer EV cabin is as comfortable as the GMC Sierra crew cab pick-up truck, and the interior can be exposed to the outside with a new detachable roof that reinstates the T-top style standard in GM sports muscle cars in the 1970s and 1980s.
When in position, the translucent panels are identical to the standard panoramic glass sunroof. Still, they are lifted off and stowed in the Hummer EV’s front compartment, giving the vehicle a convertible vibe identical to that of the Jeep Gladiator.
Within, multiple moon-inspired touches—such as the moon-boot footprint on the dead pedals and the speaker grids that reveal the Sea of Peacefulness as not-so-subtle reminders of GM’s link NASA explorers and the electrically driven Apollo 15 lunar rover that the company helped engineer.
Infotainment & Connectivity
The wide 13.4-inch monitor acts as an infotainment display, and there is also a 12.3-inch digital instrument screen. GMC hired Epic Games—the developer of a massively popular Fortnite video game—to create graphics for the Hummer EV infotainment interface. A range of networking features will be usual, including an Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a GM OnStar telematics program. We’ll know more about the available luxury features of the Hummer EV before the on-sale date of the vehicle.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Main security capabilities include:
- Standard automatic emergency brake with pedestrian identification
- Standard lane-departure alert with lane-keeping assistance
- Standard adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous modes of driving
Here are some of the highlights of Hummer EV:
Segment-Exclusive 4 Wheel Steer featuring CrabWalk – a segment-exclusive technology that allows rear wheels and front wheels to steer to the same angle at low speeds, causing the car to travel diagonally; it much more maneuverable on rugged terrain.
Adaptive Air Suspension with Extract Mode capability – allows suspension heights of approximately 6 inches (149 mm) to help HUMMER EV handle extreme off-road conditions such as removing boulders or fording water.
35-inch-OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires – provided standard; and the capacity to fit 37-inch tires. They deliver extraordinary strength and versatility to maximize maneuverability with the unparalleled off-road capabilities of the HUMMER EV, including 18-inch vertical scaling and thus more than 2-foot deep water driving.
Underbody armor – made of durable steel plates cleverly positioned around the battery pack and more to ensure safety under harsh off-road conditions.
UltraVision – features updated front and rear underbody cameras with a live “virtual spot” view to help drivers avoid hazards and position wheels on and off the path. The underbody cameras are designed to help protect against harm and are fitted with a wash feature to help remove dirt. HUMMER EV provides the best range of camera views, with up to 18 available from the vehicle to increase surroundings awareness.
Off-road widgets – showing vehicle features and terrain conditions through infotainment and driver information displays. Examples include output torque, variable locker engagement, tire strength, pitch, and roll angle (including maximum values), drift indicator (with maximum values), friction circle, torque vectoring, and much more.