We’ve seen the truck version of the Hummer EV; now, here’s the SUV, detuned to a downright-pedestrian 830 hp.
Detroit: GMC is expanding the Hummer EV lineup with an SUV, a more urban and family-oriented version of the 2022 pickup, and will begin sales with a unique launch model priced at more than $100,000.
The 2024 Hummer SUV Edition 1, which General Motors plans to start building in early 2023, is powered by the company’s proprietary Ultrium battery. It will have a range of about 300 miles, 830 hp, and a GM-estimated 11,500 pound-foot of torque to power from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The return of Hummer is shaping up to be a gold mine for GM, which dropped the brand after failing to find a buyer during its 2009 bankruptcy.
The first Hummer EV pickup produced was auctioned off for charity late last month for $2.5 million, or $1.5 million more than the first 2021 Ford Bronco fetched from the same auctioneer. GM says reservations for the Hummer Edition 1 pickup, priced from $112,595, are also sold out.
Forecasting firm AutoForecast Solutions expects GM to produce 1,200 Hummer pickups in 2022. It goes on sale late this year.
GMC has not confirmed volume targets or where the Hummer SUV will be assembled, but AFS says GM will build the SUV at Factory Zero in Detroit, alongside the pickup. GM plans to build 23,000 GMC Hummer SUVs per year once production is ramped up, AFS said.
The Edition 1 model will start at $105,595, $7,000 less than Edition 1 of the Hummer pickup, including destination fees. Customers can add an off-road package, which comes standard on Edition 1 of the Hummer pickup, for $5,000.
Edition 1 comes standard with 22-inch premium wheels, assist steps, and floor liners. The Extreme Off-Road package adds 18-inch wheels and 35-inch tires, underbody armor and rock sliders, front and rear electronic locking differentials, and Ultra vision with underbody camera views.
The other trims — 3X, 2X, and 2 — range in price from $99,995 to $79,995 and come with a 250-300 mile range. The off-road package is available on the 3X and 2X trims. The lower edges are scheduled to launch between spring 2023 and spring 2024.
Each of the SUV’s four trims comes standard with an enhanced version of GM’s Super Cruise driver-assist technology, along with a new automatic lane changing feature.
The SUV will be less powerful than the truck.
GMC promises up to 830 horsepower for the Hummer EV SUV and a 3.5-second 0-60 mph acceleration time when Watts to Freedom mode is “armed.” Though highly impressive, that’s a bit less than the 1,000 hp and 3.0-second figures for the Hummer EV SUT. (According to Car and Driver, the performance dips because the SUV version’s shorter wheelbase reduces its battery capacity.) Still, that output is more powerful than the top-trim Rivian R1S.
A lesser-output version will also be on offer, making a mere 625 hp and 7,400 lb-ft of torque—based.
There will also be an extreme off-roading package.
GMC will offer an “extreme off-road package” of the Hummer EV SUV. This will consist of 35-inch mud-terrain tires, underbody armor, rock sliders, a front locker and virtual rear lockers, heavy-duty ball spline half shafts, and GMC’s Ultra Vision, which includes an underbody terrain camera. While that package adds some badassery, it will drop the expected range to 280-plus miles rather than 300-plus.
The SUV features rugged styling and a rear design different from the pickup, with a mounted full-size spare tire.
The interior layout is similar to the pickup, with five seats and a large rear cargo area. It comes standard with an infinity roof with removable sky panels, and nearly 200 additional accessories will be available at launch, GMC said.
Many customers were drawn to the Hummer pickup because of the Hummer name. Others reserved it because it is a pickup, but some potential buyers have held off until now because they weren’t looking for a pickup.