Hummer EV 1,000 hp Monster of a pickup truck with 560 km range

If you had told any of us at autoTRADER.ca in 2010 that the Hummer brand would resurface in the next decade, we would have laughed you out of the text chat. But here we are in 2020, with a plot twist worthy of early M. Night Shyamalan: Lobster is back, and this is what’s leading the return of the big, bold and brash brand. An electric pickup truck with more power than anything you can buy at a new car dealer today for less than seven figures, rock-crawling ground clearance and an electric range that can get you from Toronto to Montreal on a single charge.

Great power, great range

First of all, you read that range estimate correctly. More than 560 km is the estimate from GMC on a full charge and based on their own testing. When the 24-module double-stacked Ultium battery system runs down, it can be charged at an astonishing 350kW, the same as the Porsche Taycan, with an 800V architecture and what GM calls an industry-first mechanical switch from parallel to series charging that can give the Hummer EV 100 miles of range on only 10 minutes. That 560km range wouldn’t make the Hummer EV the longest-range electric car out there, but it would go further than anything less than Tesla’s longest-range, and remember, this is a much larger and more capable vehicle.

And by capable, we mean just that. This pickup will get 35-inch all-terrain tires as standard and it will fit up to 37s without any modifications. It helps preserve the off-road prowess the Hummer established with the original military vehicle and allows it to scale 18-inch vertical walls. An available adaptive air suspension allows the suspension to be raised up to 149mm to increase ground clearance in extract mode – and if that’s not enough, it has steel undercarriage to protect the battery pack and other parts at risk off-road.

The Hummer EV will also offer the GMC MultiPro tailgate, a six-position unit like the one on the new Sierra, which helps meaningfully improve bed availability and usability; and a roll-down rear window (as on the Toyota Tundra) plus power tonneau cover.

Using three motors and two Ultium drive units, the e4WD system offers an estimated 11,500 lb-ft of torque, but since EVs measure torque a bit differently than gas vehicles, we’re not quite sure exactly how it compares to other off-road vehicles. With 1,000 estimated hp, we’d say it should compare well.

Styling is pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect from Hummer’s past models and the teasers GMC has revealed so far. It’s big and boxy, but not quite as sharp as before (probably to the benefit of aerodynamics). The seven-bar grille still treads in Jeep territory, but it seems to suit the blunt front end well, especially with the vague H-shape of the headlights. A high beltline, nearly as tall floor and a short greenhouse are all part of the bunker-like Hummer trademark, and it doesn’t manage to resemble anything like the Rivian’s R1T, a much more traditional-looking truck.

Crabwalk in the open air

Available drive modes will include driver-selectable torque splits between the front and rear wheels, as well as four-wheel steering settings including CrabWalk diagonal ride capability and a 50mm lift off-road mode, and what GMC calls Watts to Freedom, a “driver-selectable immersive experience” that unlocks full acceleration and a run of 0-97 km/h in about three seconds.

Thanks to the rigidity of the battery frame, the Hummer EV will offer a standard Infinity Roof with removable Sky Panels that store in the crease and give you open-air driving. Other outdoor tech includes an UltraVision virtual spotter camera system that offers up to 18 camera views, with two of them mounted underneath (with damage protection and lens wash) to help drivers position their wheels on the track.

If nature isn’t enough, infotainment will be provided via a 13.4-inch screen alongside a 12.3-inch digital driver information display to offer plenty of information including off-road widgets like torque, locking differential status (so it has lockers too), tire pressure, various vehicle angles so you know if you are at risk of tipping and a drift gauge. The latest version of GM’s Super Cruise hands-off autonomous driving with automatic lane change will also be on the options list.

Coming in 2022

First to arrive will be an Edition 1 trim with white paint and Moon Horizon interior (and Edition 1 badging) that includes drive mode control, Watts to Freedom, Adaptive Ride Control, sunroof, MultiPro tailgate, retractable rear window and power tonneau cover, as well as what GMC calls “premium, technical interior materials.” Production will start in late 2021 at GM’s renamed Factory Zero in Detroit, but vehicles for Canada (sold through GMC dealers) won’t arrive until fall 2022. We expect pricing to arrive sometime late that year, and lower prices may take an extra year or two to arrive based on US information.

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