2022 GMC Hummer EV First Look Review: An Icon Goes Electric

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America's symbol of military might has a new power source.

We thought we'd seen the last of Hummer when General Motors ended production of the H3 back in 2009. Then, GMC aired a teaser trailer during the Superbowl, hinting at the Hummer's return. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV has officially made its debut at another major sporting event, the 2020 World Series. Unlike any GMC or Hummer model before it, this new truck is powered purely by electricity with no internal combustion engines available.

The GMC Hummer targets a higher-end truck buyer, the same sort of person who might purchase a Tesla Cybertruck or Rivian RT1. Not only does the new Hummer feature an impressive electric drivetrain, but it also packs plenty of off-road kit and technology to attract first-time truck buyers.


Tough Styling

The original civilian Hummer H1 was derived from a military vehicle, and although the H2 and H3 had less rugged origins, they looked very macho on the exterior. The GMC Hummer retains the boxy shape of past Hummer models while adding in futuristic elements like a connect headlight bar. From the side profile, the shape reminds us of the old H2 SUT, but with a more usable truck bedthat features a powered tonneau cover and GMC's MultiPro Tailgate feature with six positions. Drivers can also lower the power rear drop glass, much like a Toyota Tundra or 4Runner.

With regards to off-road prowess, an Extreme Off-Road Package adds 18-inch wheels, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler All Territory MT tires, underbody armor, rock sliders, and underbody cameras. If you need even greater capability, GMC says the Hummer can accommodate up to 37-inch tires.


No Military Interior Here

As Hummer transitioned from the H1 to the H2 and H3, it became a pseudo-luxury brand. Luckily, GMC knows a thing or two about luxury from its Denali sub-brans. The Hummer cabin looks worthy of a Denali or even a Cadillac badge with premium materials. Ahead of the driver, a 12.3-inch display replaces conventional gauges while a 13.4-inch touchscreen handles infotainment duties. As we've come to expect from recent GM vehicles, the infotainment system pack goodies such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In addition to the sliding rear window, occupants can also enjoy an open-air experience by removing the transparent Sky Panels as part of the standard Infinity Roof. These panels fit inside the Hummer's frunk storage area, which is located where the engine would sit.


Electric Might

GMC announced two different drivetrains for the new Hummer. The base two-motor drive system won't arrive until 2023, and we still don't know how much power it produces or what its range is. The three-motor drive system produces an incredible 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, going out to an e4WD. This system also includes torque vectoring plus a CrabWalk function that allows the truck to turn its wheels in different directions. GMC says the three-motor model can drive over 350 miles on a charge and recover almost 100 miles of range in 10 minutes of fast charging.

Hummer's electric drivetrain offers more than just range; it's fast too. With a Watts to Freedom feature, the propulsion system enables a 0-60 mph sprint of just three seconds flat. The truck also includes Adaptive Ride Control that can raise by two inches, enabling excellent ground clearance and water fording ability.


Pricing And Competition

GMC priced the 2022 Hummer starting at $79,995 for the base two-motor model and $89,995 with Adaptive Air Ride, the Extract Mode, and CrabWalk. These models are expected to arrive last in Spring 2024 and 2023, respectively. This starting MSRP puts the Hummer well above the Tesla Cybertruck, which starts at $39,900 and tops out at $69,900 for the tri-motor model. Since we have yet to see a production Cybertruck, it's tough to compare the two, as the Hummer may have a much more premium interior.

For the three-motor Hummer, you'll pay $99,995. GMC will also offer an Edition 1 trim with a host of additional features for $112,595. The Hummer strikes us more as a rival for the upcoming Rivian R1T electric pickup truck, slated to start at just under $70,000.


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