The SUV version of GMC’s new electric vehicle is shorter than the pickup, seats five, and offers an optional 6.0-kW onboard Power Station.
The SUV version of the GMC Hummer EV will join the pickup in 2023 as a 2024 model. It’s shorter and less powerful than the truck, but it still has the same dominant presence with 35-inch tires, bulging fenders, and an optional air suspension that can raise it six inches. Think of it as an electric Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, but much larger and in a considerably higher price bracket. The ultra-loaded Edition 1 model will arrive first, finished in Moonshot Green Matte (pictured), starting at $105,595, to coincide with the release of the pickup version. These new electric Hummers won’t be alone in the marketplace, though, because the Rivian R1T pickup and R1S SUV go on sale later this year.
The Hummer SUV might be smaller than the massive pickup, but it’s still five inches taller than a Chevrolet Tahoe. It’s shorter than many three-row SUVs, though, being closer in length to the Land Rover Range Rover. It’s much larger than other two-row off-road SUVs including the Wrangler and Bronco. The full-size spare tire mounted to the power swing-out tailgate does give it a similar 4×4 vibe to those off-roaders, though. Cargo volume with the rear seats folded is a massive 82 cubic feet—that’s between the capability of a Tahoe and a Suburban with both the second and third rows folded—and there’s additional storage under the load floor.
All models but the base $79,995 model get four-wheel steering with CrabWalk, which can move the trucks diagonally, plus the air suspension and 22-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires. GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving technology is standard on all Hummers, as is the ability to use a phone in place of the key.
The 830-hp models, which includes the Edition 1 pictured here, have a three-motor setup with one on the front axle and two on the rear that’ll launch the SUV to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, according to GMC. They have less power than the pickup’s claimed 1000 horsepower because their shorter wheelbase required a smaller battery pack. The shorter wheelbase helps the SUV have a shorter turning radius, on par with the Chevy Bolt EV, GMC claims. Although GMC isn’t directly specifying the size of the Hummer SUV’s battery pack, the pickup has a 24-module battery compared to the SUV’s 20 modules. Earlier, however, when it debuted the so-called Ultium pack, GM said the largest version would hold 200.0 kWh. That would put the SUV’s pack at about 167.0 kWh. GMC does claim 300 miles of range, 50 less than the pickup, and lesser models have 625 horsepower and 250 miles of range.
Both Hummer EVs have seating for five and removable roof panels that can be stored in the front trunk. They’re pretty easy to remove, too, similar to those of the Wrangler and Bronco. The interior is dominated by big, geometric buttons and knobs with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 13.4-inch touchscreen. Below the bulky shifter is a rotary knob with functions for CrabWalk and the air suspension’s height settings, as well as a button that GM says is an Easter egg that they’re not talking about just yet.
Hummer EV SUVs introduce a new trail mapping feature through the myGMC map. Drivers can plan off-road routes with distances to charging locations, and routes can be downloaded and displayed on the infotainment screen. There’s also an optional Power Station generator, which can provides up to 3.0 kW of power to 120-volt accessories such as TVs or power tools or can charge other EVs at up to 6.0 kW at 240 volts. Although this sounds similar to the new Ford F-150’s optional 2.4- or 7.2-kW Pro Power Onboard generator—partially because GMC also labels the Hummer’s feature a "generator"—it’s not actually a generator, but simply converting the energy stored in the battery back from DC to lower voltage AC power. The unusual part is that devices aren’t plugged into separate outlets like in the F-150’s bed, but instead into the Hummer’s charge port.
The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV will arrive in early 2023, priced starting at $105,595. Other models, starting at $79,995, $89,995, and $99,995, will follow. Reservations can be made online, and there will eventually be seven exterior color choices available.
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