What do you think of these otherworldly GMC Hummer sketches?
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who detests the design of the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV. The pure-electric pickup truck pays homage to Hummer's roots with a broad, well-planted stance, a square jaw, and a new twist on the classic slotted Hummer grille, all imbued with just the right amount of futurism.
Of course, the Hummer's design wasn't written in the stars. GM could have gone any number of different directions with it - and in fact, the design nearly charted a radically different course, if these Hummer concept sketches are anything to go by.
These sketches come straight from the official Instagram of General Motors Design, and they depict a wholly different sort of electric off-road truck. The overall proportions are much the same; it still looks impossibly wide, with a broad, flat hood, a flat roof, and some rather orthogonal doors. But the rest of the design is much more "out there," with an enormous jutting front bumper, big triangular-shaped inlets ahead of the cargo bed, and a grille arrangement that looks vaguely "Pontiac Aztek."
Once you see it, you can't un-see it.
The side steps are also impossibly broad, and the bowed shape of the bed when viewed from behind kind of reminds us of a boat.
In short, it's a much more polarizing design than what GM ended up going with, and we dare say that between these sketches and the actual flesh-and-blood concept GM showed off last month, the automaker made the right choice. The world only needs one cyberpunk battery-electric pickup.
The 2022 GMC Hummer pickup is expected to start shipping out to early customers in the fall of 2021, albeit only in the limited-run $112k Edition 1 guise. The next-lowest model in the lineup isn't set to become available until fall 2022, while the least-expensive GMC Hummer isn't expected until early 2024.