When General Motors announced that they had plans to bring the Hummer back as an electric vehicle, there was more than a bit of skepticism in the air. Fans of the former SUV brand were concerned that the new GMC Hummer EV would stray too far from what made those trucks iconic. Folks who were never on-board with the gas-guzzling giants were also weary, finding it strange that GM would attach the tarnished nameplate to their first electric pickup truck. When the truck arrived however, both sides quickly quieted down. With unrivaled performance, four-digit horsepower figures, and styling that harks back to the Hummer’s of yesteryear, the truck made a great first impression. Thanks to the folks at GM Design however, we now get a taste of an early Hummer EV exterior design proposal. And its polygonal shape is something that could rival the Tesla Cybertruck.
This ideation sketch published to the GM Design Instagram page shows us a very different take on the GMC Hummer EV. The truck is almost cartoonish in its proportions, particularly when looking at those giants wheels. That said, the body lines of the pickup scream Hummer in ways that the production model isn’t quite able to. It’s angular, with harsh lines and a very rectangular cabin. Speaking of the cabin, this truck makes comparisons between the Camaro and a bunker seem a bit overblown. The fenders are also massively swollen front and rear, perhaps better hinting at the 1,000 horsepower powertrain that underpins it.
This particular sketch of the GMC Hummer EV carries a lot more visual weight than the truck we’ve come to know, perhaps even a bit like the Cybertruck in that regard. Or maybe it is more Lamborghini LM002. That said, the front facia is reminiscent of the production truck, as is the front skid plate. Interestingly enough, this sketch also appears to hint at the upcoming SUV model, thanks to some trailing off lines and that rear-mounted spare tire. It’s clear GMC knew that more than one Hummer EV model was in the pipeline early on.
We also already know that GMC tried out quite a few different design ideas for the Hummer EV. Initially the truck was going to receive an Avalanche-esque mid-gate, a feature that was ultimately abandoned. Even though the truck has already debuted, Hummer EV Design Manager John Mack told MC&T that the design is only 98 percent of the way there. Some slight changes should be expected when these electric pickup trucks arrive on dealer showrooms in the near future.
Across the aisle, the Tesla Cybertruck design has also reportedly been finalized, and the world awaits the debut of the production-spec all-electric pickup truck. Both the Hummer EV and Cybertruck are expected to begin production by the end of the year, while the Rivian R1T will begin production this summer.