We’re beginning to get a fuller image of what the brand new GMC Hummer line of electrical vans and SUVs will appear to be, in addition to what options the 2 automobiles will pack—though the most recent teaser video raises extra questions than it solutions. What’s “Crab mode?” We will make some educated guesses, however we’re assuming it does not contain a bib, heat butter, and a few lower lemons.
Let’s begin with the truck’s profile, which clearly resembles its chunky ancestors—significantly the Hummer H2 SUT, though there are some vital styling variations. For one, the still-small mattress seems longer. The C-pillars rake extra towards the automobile’s entrance, too. And as a substitute of a “cowl” surrounding the rear window, as on the H2 SUT, there’s extra of an overhanging roof lip or spoiler. That stated, there are extra similarities than variations. The hood has a determined cant on the entrance, invoking the slanted hood of the H2. It is unmistakably a Hummer, nevertheless it’s an evolution of current themes.
The SUV variant is way more conventional in its profile, trying a bit just like the cult basic Toyota FJ Cruiser in these closely shadowed photographs. The roofline and rear quarter seems softer than the hard-edged H2 SUV of yore, and the roofline seems decrease. There is a trace of extra tumblehome on the forthcoming EV SUV than the slab-sided H2, and there is a rear-mounted full-size spare tire that reminds us of the items discovered on the Jeep Wrangler and the new 2021 Ford Bronco. The clay mannequin seen within the teaser video additionally reveals beefy entrance bumpers with sizable restoration shackles, an extra signal that the new-age Hummer is critical about its off-road credentials.
What’s beneath the hood? Effectively, we lastly have our first style of onerous specs for the EV powertrain. GMC claims the brand new Hummer pumps out 1,000 horsepower and “11,500” pound-feet of torque. The primary quantity is spectacular and comprehensible. The second quantity takes some interpretation. EVs produce a number of torque, however not that a lot by standard measures (on the crank, for an inside combustion engine). This quantity seems like it’s measured after the affect of wheel measurement and discount gearing, giving it a really inflated (and admittedly, deceptive) look. We’ve little question the Hummer EV will probably be torquey, and mighty spectacular by standard measurement, we simply want automakers would not use such inflated figures. It is complicated.
Regardless of the torque determine really is, GMC claims the Hummer EV will hit 60 mph in 3.zero seconds. That is fast for a brick with wheels.
Lastly, there are a selection of options that GMC title drops within the teaser however does not elaborate on. Adrenaline mode appears like a high-performance driving mode, Crab mode looks as if a four-wheel steering or “tank flip” operate. Truthfully, although, we’re simply pulling at strings right here. Likewise, we’ll have an interest to listen to extra about the next-generation Super Cruise driver-assist system, in addition to the “Extremely-Imaginative and prescient” cameras that certainly help the function. GMC additionally claims that the Hummer EV will profit from the corporate’s new Ultium battery technology, a three way partnership between GM and LG Chem of South Korea.
Whereas there are some questions left to be answered, we cannot have to attend too lengthy. GM notes we’ll see the brand new Hummer EV within the fall of 2020, and it will enter manufacturing a 12 months later. Keep tuned.