Parent General Motors has brought the Hummer name back after a decade off the market. Over the next two years, the automaker will start selling an all-electric truck, and later, this SUV, under the GMC Hummer sub-brand.
As a follow-up to the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck revealed earlier this year, an SUV built off the same platform has debuted. According to GMC, the new 2024 Hummer EV SUV will offer over 480 kilometres of electric driving range, with technology and hardware that could make it one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market.
Similar to the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck it’s based upon, the exterior of the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV is distinctly blocky and broad. The wheels are pushed far to the corners, which should give it excellent approach and departure angles for rock crawling.
Interestingly, the new Hummer EV SUV mimics the Hummers of the early 2000s with a much wider transmission tunnel than in most cars—but it’s purely cosmetic. As an EV, the Hummer EV SUV has no transmission.
A spacious feel is easy to achieve, though, with the standard Infinity Roof and removable Sky Panels. The roof is almost entirely glass, and the panels can be removed for an open-top driving experience. They fit in the front trunk, should you wish to make the change on the go. With the removable sky panels and the low acoustic signature of an electric vehicle, GMC says Hummer EV SUV owners will be able to experience open-top off-road driving in near silence.
A power rear gate, GMC says, “opens like a vault—even wider than the vehicle itself.” The extra width allows for an unimpeded 48-inch (1,219-millimetre) opening designed to make loading gear and supplies easier.
Other details include new features that will make the Hummer EV SUV an off-road monster. It will have some of the best geometry we’ve seen for rock crawling. It boasts an approach angle of 49.6 degrees, a departure angle of 49 degrees, and a break-over angle of 34.4 degrees. Ground clearance is electronically variable to a maximum of 16 inches (406 millimetres). GMC claims the Hummer SUV can ford water 32 inches (813 millimetres) deep.
An available UltraVision Package includes 17 cameras, several of which show views beneath the vehicle to help with tricky navigation. Speaking of navigation, the redesigned myGMC app includes trail routes. The vehicle can also act as a generator, producing up to 3 kW of power.
What’s the same?
Like the GMC Hummer EV truck, the Hummer EV SUV will use General Motors’ new Ultium electric vehicle architecture—a modular system that allows buyers to select several battery and motor configurations. Depending on which boxes you tick, you can buy a Hummer EV SUV with two or three motors, good for 625 or 830 horsepower. GMC says battery options give a minimum of 402 and a maximum of 482 kilometres of driving range.
The fastest configuration can get from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.5 seconds. GMC didn’t give stats for any other setup.
Like the Hummer EV truck, the SUV gets four-wheel steering—a particularly cool feature. A “crab walk” mode sets the rear wheels to turn with the front wheels—likely useful for parking and for getting out of tough situations on the trail. Outside of crab walk mode, the rear wheels turn opposite the front wheels, giving it a much tighter turning radius than a Toyota Corolla.
When will it go on sale?
The GMC Hummer EV SUV will appear in 2023 as a 2024 model.
How much will it cost?
When production begins in early 2023, the GMC Hummer EV SUV Edition 1 will have a starting MSRP of $125,898 CAD. When equipped with the available Extreme Off-Road Package, the starting price will be $131,898 CAD. By early 2024, a base EV2 trim will start at $88,898 CAD.