It’s the biggest thing in large electric vehicle news since … the Hummer EV Pickup.General Motors completes one of the stranger resurrections of a seemingly dead name on record with the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV that will bookend the 2022 GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck in the GMC lineup.
With this new SUV, GM is coming full circle on its Hummer revival—it is the body style most people associate with the Hummer name. Of course, they also associate Hummer with its military Humvee origins and the AM General civilian models that started with the Hummer in 1992. GM bought the brand name in 1999 and created a family of gas-guzzling behemoths topped by the massive Hummer H1 and expanded to include the smaller H2 and H3. But Hummers went from status symbols to environmental pariahs and, in the wake of bankruptcy, GM discontinued the brand in 2010.
Under CEO Mary Barra, GM is betting its future on electric vehicles and the automaker has often felt it was shouting its grandiose plans into the wind. Then news broke that GM's first full-size electric pickup would revive the Hummer name and be sold under the GMC brand. Ears perked up. People started talking about GM's plans.
The GMC Hummer electric pickup truck will go on sale first—it will hit dealerships later this year—because electric pickups are all the rage right now with Rivian beginning production in June of the 2021 Rivian R1T electric pickup and Ford preparing to offer an electric F-150 in 2022. The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV won't be on sale until the first quarter of 2023, but it will likely outsell the electric pickup in the long run, Hummer EV chief engineer Al Oppenheiser says.
2021 GMC Hummer EV SUV Edition 1
Like the pickup, the first Hummer EV SUVs off the line are a limited run of special editions, appropriately called Edition 1. The run is not unlimited, but GM is not sharing what the ceiling is. Edition 1 is a top trim, fully loaded, pricey, and only available in one color at launch. In the case of the pickup it is white with black paint above the beltline. For the SUV, the launch color is Moonshot Green Matte, with the black upper that will become a Hummer design signature. Subsequent trim levels will offer a full color palette. The crystal light across the front end says "Hummer" and there are "H" graphics liberally sprinkled around the vehicle, including the design of the taillights.
The somewhat exclusive 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV Edition 1 starts at $105,595 for the on-road edition with 22-inch premium wheels, floor liners, assist steps, and special badging.
Adding the Extreme Off-Road package boosts the price by $5,000. The 18-inch wheels come with 35-inch tires, but you can order massive 37s from the dealer. The SUV is bolstered with underbody armor, rock sliders, a front eLocker and virtual rear lockers, as well as heavy-duty half shafts. Underbody cameras grab a view of the trail even when the windshield is full of sky as you clamber up a steep hill. While the Off-Road package doesn't include more power, the extra weight and rolling resistance of the beefier tires reduces the driving range to 280 miles. Of note, the off-road equipment in this package is standard equipment on the Edition 1 pickup, which helps explain why the special edition of the truck starts at $112,595. Read more...