The GMC Hummer EV is still poised to make its official debut this fall, but like a kid being told to wait longer for their upcoming birthday present, GMC is still not confirming the exact date of the unveiling. In the meantime, GMC has released an all-new teaser video that shows the electrified Hummer’s profile for the first time ever, as well as some new feature confirmations.
The new glimpses here appear to show a model that is very reminiscent of the axed Hummer H2, with the revived Hummer retaining a lot of the butch and distinctively cubic lines that were once a hallmark of the brand’s design language — albeit in a more modern interpretation.
Other teasers have revealed the EV pickup will feature a heavily modernized version of Hummer’s six-slat front grille, with boldly designed LED headlights. A high-tech cabin will also bring massive display screens for occupants, and removable roof panels will allow open-air motoring during nicer weather.
Unlike Hummers of the past, this one will actually have a high degree of performance, with the electric powertrain producing over 1,000 horsepower and a sub-3.0-second 0-to-60-mph time. In its release, GMC appeared to reveal that off-road prowess will still be a key part of the ownership experience, claiming the truck is capable of “remarkable on- and off-road capabilities.”
With Nikola, Rivian and Lordstown also entering the scene, the Hummer will need every trick in the book to stay ahead of the competition.
The powertrain will also use GM’s all-new Ultium batteries that are not only incredibly flexible with applications but also can support capacities from 50 kwh all the way up to 200 kwh. We suspect the Hummer will be in the latter category when one considers its rough-and-tumble mission. Level 2 and even DC fast charging capability are also reportedly part of the package, which should translate to very rapid recharging times for consumers.
As for the event itself, GMC is planning something virtual due to the fallout from COVID-19, but unlike other events of this type, it appears GMC’s will go far beyond the typical online unveiling.
“We’ll use both virtual and augmented reality technologies to help tell our story,” stated GM CEO Mary Barra during a conference call with investors back in June. That could indicate that GM will perhaps experiment with new media sources to try and make the Hummer’s unveiling much more distinctive and special.
If the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup sticks to its current time frame, it would be interesting to see how it would fare against the Tesla Cybertruck.
The Tesla will be making its way to customers at roughly the same time, and reports suggest that the Hummer could have a real chance of beating its rival if GMC manages to find a way to fast track key milestones in the development phase.
We just look forward to seeing how it compares with the Cybertruck head to head.