The long-roof counterpart to GMC's Hummer EV is coming.
We've just gotten our first look at the GMC Hummer SUV - GM's forthcoming utility vehicle counterpart to the new GMC Hummer electric truck - as the vehicle made a surprise appearance in the background during a GM investor conference. Images of the SUV subsequently turned up on website Hummerchat.com.
It's unclear when GM is planning to officially pull the wraps off the new electric SUV; the pickup truck version was officially unveiled to much fanfare on October 20, but the automaker has remained quiet on the subject of its mechanically similar long-roof stablemate. Granted, when it does finally show, we're not expecting too many surprises.
More than likely, the GMC Hummer SUV will make use of the same battery pack and powertrain options, with a top-spec model featuring a three-motor AWD system with 1,000 horsepower and around 350 miles of driving range on a full charge. From this shot, we can already see that the SUV shares much with its pickup truck cousin in the styling department, with the same boxy flared fenders, rugged front skid plate, bulging hood, and brawny, orthogonal grille.
Chances are the SUV will also get the pickup's removable roof panels and diagonal-driving "Crab Mode" driving feature, which uses the independent rear-wheel steering system to turn the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts at low speeds off-road.
One area where we suspect the pickup and SUV will diverge is with regard to price: trimming an entire SUV-sized cabin costs more - generally speaking - than gracing a truck-sized cabin with the same materials, so we expect a price bump of up to $10k or more. That's enough to elevate the price of the limited Edition 1 above $120k, with a base model starting price of around $90k.
We don't expect that the GMC Hummer SUV ended up positioned behind company executives at GM's investor conference by accident, meaning an official reveal could be just around the corner. Stay tuned.