By on July 29, 2020

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A vehicle guaranteed to cause the least possible amount of harm to the planet and its finite resources, hands down, offered up something of a sneak peak on Wednesday.

Make that “vehicles,” plural. The GMC Hummer EV, a beast of an electric pickup due to roll out of General Motors’ repurposed Detroit-Hamtramck plant late next year, will have a sibling: An SUV, as it’s a body style worthy of the reborn Hummer name’s heritage and also the thing Americans WANT.

And check out that spa-sized frunk.

A video released by GMC shows a prototype pickup in development, with its naked body, sans Ultium battery pack and platform (and doors, roof panels), wide open to GM engineers. No separate bed on this vehicle — the GMC Hummer’s abbreviated rear box is nicely integrated into the body, with the model’s C-pillars flowing at a more extreme angle than the A-pillars.

Seen in profile (see below), some viewers might guess that the back half of the Hummer pickup is actually its front half.

Speaking of that front, a close-up reveals attributes we’ve already seen via teaser images (dainty-looking tow hooks, front skid plate), and a septic tank-sized front “trunk” that could hold a couple small kids, if owners wish to avoid ferry or nation park fees.

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While the model’s torque output (11,500 lb-ft) carries a very large asterisk, other features of the multi-motor, long-range Hummer spark interest, too. The pickup will offer “Adrenalin Mode,” which sounds like an acceleration booster, a la Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode, and “Crab Mode,” which seems to suggest the ability to perform fancy footwork on par with Rivian’s upcoming pickup.

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GMC said the model’s debut will take place this fall, a year ahead of the model’s production kickoff. Originally, GMC aimed to debut the model on May 20th, but the tumult caused by the pandemic put that plan on ice.

Also shown in profile was the pickup’s SUV stable mate, which looks pretty conventional. It’s also reminiscent of the long-gone Hummer H2, pride of the Miami PD and a gaudy status symbol that guzzled fuel at an alarming rate. Perfect on both counts, as consumers seem to like their SUVs on the larger side of things — regardless of propulsion source.

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[Images: General Motors]

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13 Comments on “GMC Hummer EVs Come Into Focus...”


  • avatar

    I wonder if the SUV will get T-tops as well. Hmmmm maybe GM is going to try and counter the Bronc. Also reborn Avalanche/ H2-SUT

  • avatar
    flyby

    Welcome back Chevy Avalanche!

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      @flyby: Just what I was going to say. While it’s much larger than my personal taste, the original Avalanche was an almost perfect melding between SUV and pickup truck and I would have seriously gone for a ’90s vintage or even ’04 vintage mid-sized version of that body.

      Now, if they only realize the advantages of that body concept and spread that to mid-sized and compact versions…

  • avatar
    JMII

    Is it truly uni-body or is this just a body panel mock up and a frame is hiding under there?

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      @JMII: As I recall, the Avalanche was BoF, though obviously didn’t have the body flex that carrying a separate bed offers. It did need that raked C-pillar to stiffen the frame, however, since a conventional ladder frame will twist and flex without diagonal support. Look at the design of old BoF sedans and wagons and note how similar their shapes were to truss-style bridges. Adds strength to reduce flexion.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        The stiffening could come from the battery and its support structure.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          @mcs: To some extent, that is possible. But even a skateboard flexes because it simply doesn’t have enough leverage to eliminate flex unless it is extremely hard. The GM skateboard is effectively hollow, albeit with some cross support, I’m certain, in order to carry the batteries needed to power that skateboard. Strength will still have to come from the body somehow. Not only do you need cross support but you also need vertical support.

          Again I reference truss-type bridges as examples. Most of them look very flimsy when compared to the weight of the locomotives and cars they have to support. Even then, it is possible to overload them to the point that, for the Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad as an example, they have to separate the locomotives to cross certain bridges because their combined weight is greater than the bridge’s capacity. If you look at many highway bridges on secondary roads, they clearly post a weight limit (though tend to have a 20% – 25% safety margin, sometimes higher.)

          Said body’s attachment to the frame is meant to strengthen that frame as a result.

  • avatar
    raynla

    @flyby
    I was thinking the same thing!!!
    GM is hopeless…

  • avatar
    Matt51

    “An SUV, as it’s a body style worthy of the reborn Hummer name’s heritage and also the thing Americans WANT.”

    Barf. Gag. Do Americans want this?

  • avatar
    la834

    Wonder how GM maintained structural integrity and crashworthiness with that low front trunk liftover, compared to Rivian’s very high liftover.

  • avatar
    Opus

    “sneak peak”
    https://theoatmeal.com/comics/sneak_peek

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