Car-industry writers and automakers love to use hyperbolic wording like "the rebirth of an icon" for new vehicle reveals these days, but recently, that sort of phrasing has actually been warranted. In the past few years, we've seen new generations of vehicles like the, and reimagined for the modern era. And now the day has finally come for the biggest reborn icon yet -- literally. is here.
As you probably already know from the eight months of teasers and rumors we've all endured, the new Hummer is a fully electric pickup truck that is being sold under the GMC brand. Headline-grabbing specs include 1,000 horsepower, 350-mile range, "CrabWalk" mode, a removable roof and phenomenal off-road capabilities. There's seriously far too much to quickly list in an intro paragraph, so you'll have to read on for a full rundown of all the specs and details.
When the Hummer finally goes on sale next fall it will be one of Tesla says production begins in late 2021.) GMC doesn't really consider the Hummer to be in the same class as any other truck, be they gas-powered or EV, though. The company calls the Hummer a "supertruck," with Lead Development Engineer Aaron Pfau saying that GMC is "forging a new path with this vehicle."to actually do so, with coming out and reaching dealers a year later. (And who knows when will actually come out, although
Hummer EV design and size
If you were worried that the new Hummer EV wouldn't be as physically imposing as the H1 and H2, don't be, because it's absolutely freakin' massive. At 216.8 inches long, the new Hummer EV splits the difference between Hummer H2. The 135.6-inch wheelbase is about six inches longer than that of ; at 81.1 inches tall it stands a few inches above an ; and its 86.7-inch width makes it almost as thick as .(210 inches) and Yukon XL (225.2 inches), and it's more than a foot longer than the
The tall front end is unmistakably a Hummer, with a light-up six-slot "grille" flanked by two thin headlights and a heavy-duty front bumper with a massive skid plate that's reminiscent of the original H1, as well as Baja race trucks. An upright windshield and squared-off hood add to the imposing look, while the sides of the truck are fairly simple with huge boxed '80s rally car-like fender flares and prominent rock rails and side steps. The Hummer has a similar profile to the first-gen Honda Ridgeline, albeit much larger and boxier, with sail panels coming off the roof and extending onto part of the bed.
Every Hummer EV will have theas standard, which is GMC-speak for a convertible roof that consists of four transparent, removable "Sky Panels," all of which can be stowed in the power-opening frunk. In addition to the main four panels, the central I-bar above the front seats is removable and stows underneath the rear seats, and the rear window electrically rolls down as well. Pfau says that the Hummer's Infinity Roof was a non-negotiable key feature during the truck's development, as it provides an amazing open-air feel that so many off-roaders love. The Hummer also co-opts 's MultiPro tailgate, which has six different functionalities, including a built-in step.
The truck will only be sold in one body style, with a full four-door cab and a fairly short bed. Don't expect any other bodies, wheelbase sizes or bed lengths, at least not in the near future. GMC is also working onto sit alongside the pickup, but beyond a shadowy teaser of the profile, we know nothing about it. Pfau says the decision to launch with a pickup was partially due to the explosive growth of the EV truck market, and partially because a truck's longer wheelbase allows for the biggest battery packs. The SUV should fairly closely match the specs and feature list of the truck, though. And speaking of specs and features, let's dive in.
Hummer EV powertrain, performance and range
The Hummer is the first product built on GM's, and it's a showcase for the capabilities of the new EV tech. First to market will be the Edition 1 model, which uses a 200-kWh battery pack and a three-motor setup -- one at the front and two at the rear -- producing an estimated 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. ( , though, as my colleague Steven Ewing has explained.) Every Hummer has a four-wheel-drive system that GMC calls e4WD, and some models get torque vectoring. A less powerful model with a smaller battery pack and only two electric motors will follow, but no performance specs have been given yet.
GMC says the Hummer's estimated range is over 350 miles for the Edition 1, with lesser models getting 300 or 250 miles of range. It's got 800-volt DC fast-charging capability and will be able to use 350-kilowatt public chargers, a first for the industry. That means the possibility of gaining nearly 100 miles of range after just 10 minutes of charging, a nice salve for those afflicted by range anxiety. When charging, the headlights light up with a progress bar that fills up as the battery does.
One of the biggest complaints about electric cars that I hear from enthusiasts, especially from fans of traditionally V8-powered American vehicles like the original Hummers, is that the sound -- or, I guess, the lack thereof -- sucks. "EVs are too quiet," they say, "they sound boring." GMC aims to remedy that issue with the Hummer. The engineers have been able to take the sounds that the electric motors organically produce and filter out the "nuisance sounds," as Pfau calls them, amplifying "the cool sounds." Now, I haven't had the opportunity to hear what it actually sounds like, but the Porsche Taycan does something similar with its motor noises and I find that to be a very cool solution.
Hummers with the three-motor setup get a special launch-control mode with a ridiculous name: It's called. Yes, really. The WTF mode, as I will refer to it from now on, enables the 3-second 0-to-60 time that GMC is boasting for the new truck. Toggling the mode is apparently a bit of an Easter-egg hunt through the infotainment menus -- you even have to tap and acknowledge that you're about to "do something crazy," according to Pfau -- but a lot happens once you do. The air suspension lowers the truck by two inches, temperatures get optimized and the batteries start getting cooled if needed. Unique graphics pop up on the gauge cluster, different sounds get pumped into the cabin, and the haptic driver's seat even starts to rumble. Then you know you're free to launch.
The Hummer's drive mode control system provides a massive amount of customization, with drivers being able to adjust -- deep breath here -- the torque splits (and maximum torque), the four-wheel drive system, those enhanced noises, the four-wheel steering, ride height and shock damping, steering and brake feel and action, and the stability control.
There's also regenerative braking that is adjustable on demand with a set of paddles on the steering wheel. GMC says that this system allows for one-pedal driving, letting the driver come to a complete stop without touching the brake pedal. The truck's Terrain driving mode also lets you do one-pedal driving, with specific calibrations for off-roading.
Off-road capabilities for Hummer EV
It wouldn't be a Hummer without extreme off-road prowess, and the new EV is set to be hugely impressive when the going gets rough. Pfau says that while rock crawling will be the truck's "bread and butter," it will be just as at home blasting across sand dunes or traversing muddy trails. Massive 35-inch tires mounted to 18-inch wheels are standard equipment (Goodyear Wrangler All Territory MTs, to be specific) and Pfau says the truck can accommodate 37s without needing modifications. The Hummer will be able to scale 18-inch vertical walls, climb 60-degree vertical grades and ford water that's two feet deep.
Higher-end Hummers will come with four-corner adaptive air suspension that allows for a number of useful features. It automatically lowers at highway speeds for better aerodynamics, and there's an entry/exit mode that lowers the truck when parked for easier getting in and out. In case you get stuck in deep mud or get the belly of the truck beached, an Extract mode raises the ride height by six inches at the touch of a button, bringing the total ground clearance to 15.9 inches. In total, there's eight inches of adjustability in the suspension and 13 total inches of travel front and rear. The position-sensitive shocks are similar to what's found in the current Sierra Denali and are able to respond to road inputs 500 times per second.
With the suspension at its standard height, the Hummer has a 41.5-degree approach angle, a 31.6-degree departure angle and a 22.3-degree breakover angle, and it'll ford 26 inches of water. The Terrain driving mode increases these figures to 44.3/33.7/25.4 degrees and 28 inches of water, while the Extract mode unlocks the maximums of 49.7-degree approach, 38.4-degree departure and 32.2-degree breakover angles, and 32 inches of water. This means that in Extract mode the Hummer bests every version of the Jeep Wrangler, including the two-door Rubicon.
Three-motor trucks get a torque-vectoring system and two diff lockers, one at the front and one at the rear. At the front there's an electronic locker that can be activated by the driver, and 100% of torque can be sent to either of the front wheels. The two motors at the rear create the second simulated locker, with torque able to be sent to either rear wheels as needed. All four wheels can also be synchronized to provide the same amount of torque, too.
GMC has already made a ton of noise about the Hummer's four-wheel steering, and it sounds even more impressive than we originally thought. The rear wheels can turn either in phase or out of phase up to 10 degrees, with the driver able to keep it in auto mode, select between the two or turn it off completely via the infotainment screen at low speeds. Thelets the truck move diagonally, which will be a boon for tough trails, and the system also gives the Hummer a tighter overall turning circle (11.3 meters) than . In addition to being useful off-road, the four-wheel steering will be a massive help with driving in a tight city or maneuvering into a parking spot, as well as making highway lane changes smoother.
The entire underbody is covered in steel armor plating, battery pack included, so you don't have to worry about scraping and damaging important components. The Hummer also has two cameras mounted in the underbody that display a live view for easy navigation of obstacles. These cameras are protected and have washers to clean them, and they are able to show the inner sections of all four tires, which will be very useful on rocky terrain. In total, the Hummer has 18 different camera views as part of the UltraVision system, more even than.
Hummer EV interior and technology
The interior looks very art deco in terms of design, with the Edition 1 getting lots of bronze accents that nicely offset the black and white scheme. Major touchpoints like the shifter and center console buttons look high quality while still being durable enough for an off-roader, and there are prominent grab handles on the doors. The floor is vinyl and topped with rubber pads in each footwell to make it easy to clean, and many of the items that would typically be covered in real leather, like the seats and steering wheel, are instead made from vegan materials. Lots of the interior details and Easter eggs were inspired by space travel, like the topography of the moon's Sea of Tranquility etched onto the Bose stereo system's speaker grilles.
When it comes to actual interior space the Hummer has about as much headroom, legroom, shoulder room and hip room as a crew-cab Sierra 1500, while the back seat is a little tighter. Because it's an EV and thus has a flat floor, GMC was able to give the Hummer a multitiered center console with a bunch of different storage cubbies.
The Hummer's 13.4-inch central infotainment screen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster are powered by, the same architecture that the extraordinarily popular video game Fortnite runs on. The graphics look frankly incredible, with super cool designs and awesome animations, while remaining easy to read and use, at least as far as I can tell. There are virtual auxiliary switches for accessories like light bars, and GMC says that it will offer over 200 accessories from the factory.
Baked into the infotainment system are a number of off-road "widgets" that display every kind of information you could possibly imagine, many of which are designed for off-roading. These widgets show things like torque output from each motor, a compass, tire pressure, diff locker engagement, wheel travel, pitch and roll, a "friction circle" and a whole lot more. There's even a drift gauge that shows the maximum angle you've achieved. The screens can also display EV-specific data like battery temperature, charge level and energy usage.
will be standard on every Hummer EV, affording it "hands-free driving" on over 200,000 miles of roads, and the enhanced system gains a new automated lane change feature. GMC hasn't said much about what other kinds of active-safety features the Hummer will get, but with Super Cruise on board we have to imagine the Hummer will come with things like automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. The Hummer falls victim to , sadly -- after the first three years, you'll have to start paying for it.
While GMC won't say what kind of towing capacity the Hummer has, we know it will be offered with the brand's ProGrade trailering tech. This includes different camera views, a customizable predeparture checklist, tire pressure and temperature monitoring, and a unique widget that lets you create a profile for specific trailers.
Pricing, trim levels and on-sale date for Hummer EV
As I mentioned earlier, the entire 2022 model year will consist of the fully loaded Edition 1 model, which will also carry over to the 2023 model year. The Edition 1 comes in a singular spec, painted in white with a "Lunar Horizon" interior scheme. The unique badging, features and specs that have been mentioned so far in this story are packaged into the Edition 1. At $112,595 including destination, the Edition 1 is the most expensive car that GM currently sells, and it's one of the most expensive vehicles the company has ever produced, period.
Specific trim level names haven't been announced, but following the Edition 1 in fall 2022 will be a lower-end three-motor model dubbed EV3X with a base price of $99,995. This version will also include torque vectoring and the WTF mode, and GMC says it has 900 horsepower and a range of over 300 miles. Spring 2023 will see a two-motor EV2X model that includes the adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering for $89,995; this will have 625 horses and a range of over 300 miles as well.
But the base model, two-motor Hummer EV2 won't be out until spring of 2024. Starting at $79,995, this version does without the air suspension and four-wheel steering, but it will still come with features like the Infinity Roof, MultiPro tailgate, UltraVision camera system and Super Cruise. The base EV2 model also gets 625 hp, but sees the estimated range drop to 250 miles.
Reservations for the Edition 1 are open now with a $100 deposit, with initial deliveries set to begin in fall 2021. If you want a 2022 model you're out of luck, though, as the entire first year's run. The Hummer EV will be produced at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which was just renamed after undergoing a $2.2 billion investment to focus on electric cars.
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First published Oct. 20.