GMC Hummer EVs Come Into Focus

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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.

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.

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.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Dave M. The Outback alternates between decent design and goofy design every generation. 2005 was attractive, 2010 goofy. 2015 decent. 2020 good, but the ‘23 refresh hideous.Looking forward to the Outback hybrid in ‘26…..
  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.
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