Leaked! We got photos of the GMC Hummer EV SUV, Chevy Silverado EV from the Barclays 2020 Global Automotive Conference. These photos seem to show off both of these models without camouflage. We get to their exterior designs as best as we could. The new Hummer SUV EV should be out in a few years as well as the Silverado EV.
2022 GMC Hummer SUV EV
As expected, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV SUV basically looks exactly like the GMC Hummer truck with a topper over the bed.
From the back of the rear doors to the rear bumper, it looks like all GMC designers did was close in the back. We expect the SUV to remain a two-row vehicle with the rear probably best served for covered cargo space.
Could GMC fit a third row back there? Sure, but this third-row would likely be pretty tiny.
Inside the cabin, don’t expect much to change nor would the details and features like Crab Walk, Watts to Freedom mode and the amazing moonroof.
Chevy Silverado EV
This is our first time seeing what a Chevy Silverado EV truck would look like. It seems to have a Chevy Volt-like front-end design with the grille replaced with a solid piece of metal (or composite plastic).
The front-end design likely means there will be a storage bin where the engine typically is stored and a lowered air dam is meant to increase aerodynamics.
Along the sides, the Silverado EV looks pretty much like a stock Silverado which leads us to speculate it would be the same cabin size as a 1500 is currently. Inside, we expect a mix of the new Chevy Tahoe interior sprinkled in with GMC Hummer EV futuristic looking dash and technology.
Towards the rear, we see a lot of exciting things. First, we can see tall wheel openings leading to the idea this will be setup for off-road usage. Second, there seems to be a buttress kind of design like the first-gen Honda Ridgeline and GMC Hummer truck sport. This buttress adds more strength to the unibody design with the bed and cabin connected. Typical truck construction has the bed and cabin separate to allow for more give on both of these critical parts. The buttress design allows for a better ride quality and strength as long as engineers find ways to reinforce the design.
Also, the buttress design leads us down the road of thinking about the Chevy Avalanche. Chevy’s old SUV/truck also sported a buttress design and a midgate which allowed for a longer bed by folding down the second-row seats when needed. This was a feature which was scrapped for the Hummer EV truck, but it might be perfect for a Silverado and is still a wanted feature on the market.
We can expect to learn more next year since both vehicles look like they are ready for a reveal right now. Pricing will likely be pretty high for both and range will be limited to 400 miles or so.
The bottom line
The EV truck wars are starting. Rivian is expected to be selling trucks in the fall of 2021 and will be followed by a whole host of other makers like Lordstown, Ford and Chevy along with Bollinger. These trucks will all have higher price points over traditional gasoline engine trucks, however, they will promise better specs and cleaner air. Whether you are interested in an EV truck or not, this is going to be fun to watch play out.