GMC announced that it will bring the Hummer back and, this time, with a zero-emissions, full-electric variant!
The American manufacturer first revealed the news that it would revive the sometimes controversial truck model during a Super Bowl commercial Super Bowl back in February. The original plan was to release the new Hummer in May 2020. However, that was, of course, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The manufacturer now plans to reveal the latest model later this fall and to start production in fall 2021.
So far, the company had revealed very few details, but it’s possible to make some guesses from the teaser video, which gives us a quick glance at the outlines of the future Hummer EV.
The truck has the appearance of a double cab with a front end that is squared off, in addition to a moderately sized bed and roomy cabin. It is somewhat similar to the Hummer H2 SUT (its chunky ancestor).
However, the bed, which was also present in the H2 SUT, looks quite smaller, and the C-pillars are raked more towards the front of the vehicle. It is no doubt a Hummer, but there has been a significant evolution in the design.
Three electric motor variants are planned to be offered to customers. The biggest one is said to produce 1000 hp and to go from zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. Not bad for a large SUV!
GMC declares that it will offer two new features: the “Adrenaline Mode” and the “Crab Mode,” which seems to refer to the semi-autonomous driving system, but we don’t know much about what each mode actually does. Also, the roof panels will be easily removable to provide a unique open-air experience. The company further claims that the EV can produce 11,500 torque foot-pound, which almost seems unbelievable.
On the other hand, the SUV model looks more traditional at first glance. Very shadowy images found online suggest it might resemble a bit like a Toyota FJ Cruiser but with different and softer rear quarter panels along with a lower roofline. The new Hummer model would also feature an external back spare tire similar to the Jeep Wrangler and new 2021 Ford Bronco. Another sign that the Hummer is now serious about its off-road credentials is its new muscular front bumpers with recovery shackles.
With that being said, many of our questions are still left unanswered. Fortunately, some of them might receive an answer soon as GMC assured that “details about the GMC Hummer EV’s remarkable on- and off-road capabilities will be shared closer to its reveal.” However, since the new Hummer should be released somewhere in 2022, it might have a lot on its plate then. The next couple of years will also see the release of some other important electric trucks like the Rivian’s R1T and R1S, Ford’s F-150, Bollinger B2, and Tesla Cybertruck.
Let’s wait and see how the Hummer EV will do in a market promising to be kinda crowded in the years to come.