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It’s Electric! The All-New 2022 GMC Hummer EV

1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of torque, 35-inch tires, and so much more!

It's difficult to believe that the Hummer brand has been out of our lives for more than a decade now. We were big fans, mostly due to the brand's vehicles' amazing off-road capabilities. However, for as big of fans as we were, there were certainly those who didn't see Hummer in quite the same light. There were simply too many people that, when they heard the word "Hummer," immediately conjured up images of Arnold Schwarzenegger rolling down PCH with smoke billowing from a fat cigar, along with out of the exhaust stack on his camouflaged Humvee. Unfortunately, when the economy turned during the Great Recession of 2008, GM made the tough decision to shutter the Hummer brand. Now, we're excited to announce the Hummer is making a comeback for the 2022 model year.

There are a few things to note right off the bat. First, while Hummer is coming back, it's doing so under the GMC brand. Second, the new 2022 GMC Hummer will pick up right where the brand left off in 2009 in terms of off-road capability. And finally, and most significantly, the 2022 GMC Hummer will be a fully electric EV. Let's dive a bit deeper.

Impressive Off-Road Capability

Picking right up where the Hummer brand left off, the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV will pack quite a punch when asphalt gives way to dirt. The Hummer's Extreme Off-Road package brings with it 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler All Territory MT tires wrapped on 18-inch wheels (beadlock-capable wheels will be optional in the future). As impressive as 35-inch tires are, the Hummer will arrive able to fit up to a 37-inch tire right from the factory. The Extreme Off-Road package also brings extensive steel underbody armor to protect the battery pack, while off-road and steel rock sliders replace assist steps.

The vehicle runs on four-wheel independent suspension with 13 inches of wheel travel at all four corners. For comparison, both Ford's F-150 Raptor and Ram's TRX have 13 inches of front wheel travel. Air suspension will be standard, as will active dampers, which GMC says are very similar, though upsized, to the suspension found on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV. The air suspension will sport a few unique features, including an Extract mode that will allow the Hummer to raise to its maximum ride height (6 inches above normal, 4 inches above Terrain mode). Extract mode will work to get the Hummer unstuck from large obstacles such as rocks and ledges that it may have gotten hung up on.

GMC claims that the Hummer will be able to ford water that is more than 2 feet deep. It will have a maximum approach angle of 50 degrees in Extract mode, with a normal approach angle of 44 degrees while in Terrain mode. Departure angle clocks in at 34 degrees. GMC has not announced the physical dimensions of the Hummer (length, width, wheelbase, etc. ), and as such hasn't provided us with a breakover angle, either. What we do know is that it is about the same length as a GMC Sierra 1500, and as wide as a Ford F-150 Raptor (as is denoted by the required clearance lights front and rear). Maximum ground clearance is 16.9 inches in Extract mode, while normal running ground clearance will be better than 10 inches.

Off-Road Enabling Technology

Naturally, the GMC Hummer EV will be packed to the gills with technology, and off-road tech is no exception. Starting with the drive system, the Hummer will feature a "virtual" rear locker. Because the rear drivetrain uses a pair of identical electric motors, the vehicle can synchronize the motor outputs to act as a traditional locking differential. The front drive unit utilizes a single electric motor and as such has a traditional electronic locking differential.

While we've become accustomed to physical auxiliary switches, GMC is modernizing this idea with the Hummer EV by integrating a set of virtual buttons into the infotainment system to control added accessories. Best of all, these buttons can be set up with names and icons of the owner's choosing. And there's no blank, unused switches to stare at. This 13.4-inch color touchscreen will also display off-road widgets that include terrain status, motor torque output, locker engagement status, tire pressure, pitch and roll angle, a drift gauge, friction circle, torque vectoring, and more.

The vehicles will also feature 18 different camera views, dubbed UltraVision. Included in those 18 views are two underbody-mounted Virtual Spotter cameras. These Virtual Spotter cameras give a view of all four corners to help drivers navigate obstacles while on the trail. They also aid in seeing your physical spotter when the angle of the vehicle obscures them from view, and you know we've all be there before. These underbody cameras will be protected from damage and feature a wash system to help keep the lenes clear.

CrabWalk and Four-Wheel Steering

If you've paid attention to pickups for any amount of time, you'll likely remember GM's QuadraSteer system from past generations of Silverado, Sierra, and Avalanche pickups. Similarly, the new 2022 GMC Hummer will feature the ability for four-wheel steering, which for now is a class exclusive. With the ability to provide up to 10 degrees of rear steering angle, the Hummer will have a turning circle tighter than that of a Tesla Model 3 and similar to a Chevrolet Sonic.

The CrabWalk feature will function at low speeds and allow the front and rear wheels to be turned the same direction. This will enable the vehicle to move diagonally, making maneuvering around challenging obstacles easier—in theory, anyway. GMC named the feature CrabWalk because when used to its fullest degree, it almost looks as if the Hummer is moving sideways, much like a crab.

Power and Performance

While off-road prowess will take top priority in our world, most everyone else will be focused on the available power and performance of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. GMC is coming out swinging with performance estimates of 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque.

Let's talk about that torque figure for a brief moment. Currently, Ford's F-Series Super Duty line of pickups claims the torque crown of 1,050 lb-ft with the company's 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine. How, then, will the Hummer lay down more than 10 times that? Short answer: It won't. The figure that GMC is quoting is achieved after multiplying motor torque by gear ratio. Each of the individual motors will produce an estimated 380 to 400 lb-ft of torque. The front motor is geared 13.4:1, and the rear motors are geared 10.1:1. Do the math, and you'll end up somewhere in the range GMC is estimating. Don't read this wrong; actual torque to the wheels will be impressive and more than we've ever seen before. But no, it won't be putting 11,500 lb-ft of torque to the ground as would be measured on a chassis dynamometer.

In top-spec, three-motor, configuration GMC estimates that the Hummer EV will be able to run from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds, landing it squarely in supercar territory. Much like Tesla vehicles, the Hummer will need to be placed into a special mode to run this quick. GMC calls this mode "Watts to Freedom," and when engaged the vehicle will dial in the suspension and precondition the motors. While it does this, the interior screens, audio system, and haptic seats will entertain the occupants. This process can take fewer than 10 seconds, which is far less than a Tesla entering Ludicrous mode.

When in the most aggressive of the "normal" drive modes, Adrenaline mode, the Hummer EV will run from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, which is nothing to scoff at from a large pickup. Other drive modes include Comfort, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul.

Range Anxiety

One of the biggest hindrances of EVs thus far has been range anxiety. With the new GMC Hummer EV, that shouldn't be an issue thanks to its massive 350-mile estimated range. If that's not enough, the vehicle features the ability to DC fast charge at 800 volts, which means that if all things are perfect you can add 100 miles of battery range in just 10 minutes of charging. Charging from 20 percent to full on a standard at-home Level 2 charged will take just 30 hours.

The GMC Hummer EV will also make use of regenerative braking and allow for one-pedal driving both on- and off-road. Of course, this system can be turned off should you desire a more traditional two-pedal driving feel. The truck won't use any auxiliary solar for charging but will feature an /AC inverter to allow the truck to power all of your favorite accessories.

Wait, I Thought This Truck Was a Convertible?

When it hits the road in the fall of 2021 the GMC Hummer EV will be the only true convertible factory pickup. With its nifty Infinity Roof and removable Sky Panels, you can transform from a fully enclosed cab to open-air freedom in just a few moments. The Sky Panels nest and store neatly in the front trunk, and the front center bar can be removed and stored under the rear passenger seat. The rear window can also be fully lowered to complete the feeling of freedom.

I'm Sold, How Do I Get One?

Orders for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 open today, and the truck will start at $112,595. All of the Edition 1 trucks will be outfitted as seen here, and all will be the same color (white with a black roof). Production is slated to start in the third quarter of 2021 with deliveries to follow. Don't need an Edition 1? For 2023 GMC will offer the Hummer EV dual-motor model that comes with adaptive air ride and four-wheel steering starting at $89,995. And finally, a base dual-motor model will arrive for the 2024 model year that starts at $79,995.

What Don't We Know?

Naturally, there were a few things that we asked that GMC wasn't prepared to offer an answer for at this time. While we have a rough idea how large the truck is, exact dimensions are not yet available. We also know being a battery electric EV it's going to be heavy, though curb weight is also not yet available. When pressed on towing and payload figures, GMC said, again, they weren't ready to discuss those figures as testing and validation hasn't concluded. And representatives weren't willing to discuss target weights, either.

Final Thoughts

When we first heard that GM was building an electric pickup, we were excited. When we heard that it would be branded Hummer and offered under the GMC umbrella, we got worried. Fitting any vehicle with the Hummer name immediately gives it large shoes to fill. After all, the last round of Hummer vehicles to grace this fine planet were among the most off-road-capable factory vehicles to be sold. So, it was beyond pleasing when we finally heard some of the specifications, and we were relieved to find out that the great Hummer off-road legacy would live on. Even the styling of the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV is fitting of the Hummer brand legacy.

If electric drive is our future, then this is the future that we want to live in. Big power combined with no-compromise off-road ability and premium on-road comfort. We surely had our doubts about the prospect of a Hummer EV. But after poring through all of the specifications and spending some time seeing the truck in the flesh, we're believers.