GMC today confirmed that it would unveil the Electric Hummer SUV on the official website on April 3, 2021 at 5 PM EDT and that reservations will open for buyers on that same date.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup truck debuted in October, and it was clear what to expect from the Hummer EV SUV. During a company presentation aired in November 2020, Doug Parks, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, GM, teased the design of the Hummer SUV. Sitting in front of what could be a design prototype (pictured), he said:
Drive unit family Ultium Drive consists of five different drive units, containing at least one of three different motors, that enable front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, ESS all-wheel drive and ultra-high performance all-wheel drive from anything from a compact vehicle to the 1,000 horsepower GMC Hummer EV behind me.Doug Parks of General Motors
Here’s an exclusive rendering from TopElectricSUV.com showing the Electric Hummer SUV in production guise. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV SUV would not look very different from the pickup truck from. The longer roof of the SUV version should allow a bigger Infinity Sky Roof that lets more natural light enter the cabin. Whether the extended portion will also be removable remains to be seen.
GM has already revealed with a teaser that the SUV version will have a slightly rakish D-pillar and back glass but an overall upright rear-end. The same teaser had revealed a tailgate-mounted spare wheel as well, which may become optional. The SUV version may come with bigger, 23-inch optional wheels in an exclusive design. “We’re headed towards 24- and 26-inch wheels,” Michael Simcoe, VP – Design, GM International, had said while speaking on the Brembo Red podcast in November last year, signalling bigger wheels on upcoming GM SUVs.
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The Electric Hummer SUV’s interior won’t take a different design direction. The differentiating point will be the family-friendly seating layout. It will likely pack seats for up to seven occupants, thanks to the addition of a third row. GM must have two different seating layouts in mind, one including a third-row bench and the other with captain seats.
As the GMC Hummer EV SUV’s role would be as a high-end family car, GM might even throw in a rear-seat entertainment package. Expect a high-end sound system and more convenience features like extra power outlets, new storage spaces and climate-controlled cupholders, etc.
On the powertrain front, things should look more or less the same. The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck is available with three motor options: dual-motor 625 hp/7,400 lb.-ft., tri-motor 800 hp/9,500 lb.-ft. and tri-motor 1,000 hp/11,500 lb.-ft. Customers can choose between 400-volt and 800-volt battery packs, and depending on the configuration, the driving range is either 250+ miles, 300+ miles or 350+ miles. Do note that all the output and range figures are GM estimates.
Despite a mammoth-like body, thanks to the massive motors, the electric Hummer pickup truck has the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately just 3 seconds. The Electric SUV derivate in its most performance-oriented configuration should offer the same capabilities.
Like the pickup, the electric Hummer SUV should feature arguably the most capable all-wheel steering system in the car industry. Using a ‘CrabWalk’ mode, the driver can move the vehicle in a diagonal direction, something that can be handy during off-roading. The all-wheel steering system turns the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels at a remarkably higher degree compared to all-wheel steering systems in other passenger vehicles. Other matching drive modes may include Adrenaline for 60 mph and 120 mph speed runs as well as Super Cruise for autonomous driving.
Ultium Drive enabling an EV revolution at GM
GM’s third-gen EVs, including the 2022 GMC Hummer EV SUT and the Electric Hummer SUV, will use a range of ‘Ultium’ EV components. These core elements will include the company’s next-gen EV drive units and motors, which it together calls ‘Ultium Drive’.
GM is working on five interchangeable drive units and three motors collectively under an Ultium Drive family. It says that Ultium Drive will offer its next-gen EVs remarkable advantages in performance. For the company itself, the advantage will be the scale and manufacturing efficiencies and speedier launches it allows.
Ultium Drive merges electric motors and single-speed transmissions to send power to the wheels. GM promises more responsiveness than internal combustion equivalents and expects an industry-leading torque and power density from Ultium Drive. The primary motor will be at the front, and it will be configured for front or rear-wheel drive.
Ultium Drive incorporates GM’s 25 years of EV experience, and the best example of that is the integration of the power electronics into the assemblies of the drive units. The mass of the power electronics is nearly 50% lower than in previous generation GM EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt. In addition to saving cost and freeing up more space, Ultium Drive provides 25% higher capability.
GM is developing a flexible Ultium platform that, in its best configuration, will have 800-volt battery packs and 350 kW fast-charging capability. The company will use this platform for the next-gen Hummer range, and that’s because the Electric Hummer SUV and Electric Hummer pickup truck are going to be its flagship performance EVs.
The power in the next-gen Hummer models will come from Ultium batteries. Ultium Cells, a GM and LG Chem joint venture company, will manufacture their cells in Lordstown, Ohio. Ultium battery pack sizes will range from 50 to 200 kWh and allow a range of up to 400 miles (GM estimate). It is safe to assume that the Electric Hummer models will get the 200 kWh battery pack as the range-topping option.
Electric Hummer SUV FAQ
What is the GMC Hummer EV SUV release date?
The new Hummer SUV debuts on April 3 and could go on sale by spring 2022.
What will be the GMC Hummer EV price?
Price of the base electric Hummer SUV may fall between $80,000 and $85,000.