The vehicle once known for its massive size and abysmal fuel economy has been reborn. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV has officially made its debut, representing General Motors first foray into the electric truck segment. After months of pouring over leaks and rumors, we finally have word on just how impressive the new Hummer is. Here’s what you need to know about the specs and features.
Ever since we first were introduced to the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, we’ve been told this truck would be opulent and capable. Based on what we’ve learned so far, we’d say that’s a fair description. The Hummer EV will be available with two powertrain options: a base model two-motor drive system and an available three-motor layout. The more potent three-motor setup will be the first to arrive, bringing with it 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque – suspected to be around 1,000 lb-ft of motor torque. The base model setup isn’t slated to come to market until 2023, and no range or performance figures are available at this time.
The Hummer EV is powered by a 24-module, double-stacked Ultium battery propulsion system. This system features some industry first technology, including the ability to mechanically switch the batteries from parallel to series mode during charging. This allows the truck to be compatible with the fastest 350 kW DC fast chargers out there.
The three-motor setup comes as standard with an e4WD system, which includes Adaptive Ride Control. That e4WD system is bolstered by the Hummer EV’s four-wheel steering and torque vectoring capabilities. This of course includes the CrabWalk, which uses rear-steer to articulate by 10 degrees, effectively shortening the wheelbase and reducing the turning radius. The feature will also allow the driver to rotate the truck without the need to drive forwards or backwards.
Also included with the three-motor setup is GMC’s new Watts to Freedom feature, which opens up the Hummer EV’s full accelerative force. When activated, the electric pickup will do 0-60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Despite the crazy performance, the top-trim Hummer can do over 350 miles on a charge, and can gain almost 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes of 800-volt DC fast charging.
The GMC Hummer EV isn’t a one trick pony however. The truck is a seriously capable off-road machine when equipped with the Extreme Off-Road Package. This brings 18-inch wheels, 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler All Territory MT tires, underbody armor, rock sliders, and underbody cameras with live “virtual spotter” technology. The truck can scale an 18-inch vertical, and is capable of wading through over two-feet of water. The new Drive Mode Control feature will allow the driver to alter the torque split, as well as raise the Adaptive Ride Control suspension by as much as two inches. GMC has also included Extract Mode, which allows the suspension height to be raised approximately six inches. This should help the Hummer escape even the most difficult terrain.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV will also feature new off-road widgets, which displays information such as the live torque output, differential locker engagement, pitch and roll angles, the friction circle, and torque vectoring. Oh, and there’s a drift gauge because the thing has 1,000 horsepower.
The GMC Hummer EV will also be a luxurious vehicle. The interior is slated to rival that of the Escalade and the Denali models, complete with premium interior materials. There’s a large 12.3-inch display in place of the gauges, which is flanked by a 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The latest version of GM’s semi-autonomous driving system Super Cruise is also included with the package. The truck also comes as standard with the Infinity Roof, which includes removable, transparent Sky Panels. When the occupants are ready for an open-air experience, the panels can be stowed in the truck’s front trunk. The rear window separating the cabin from the bed can also be lowered. Speaking of the bed, the truck will also come as standard with GMC’s MultiPro Tailgate.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is a beast of a truck, and one hell of a first crack at the segment from General Motors. While we’ll have to wait a while longer for more details, the competition just got a lot tougher. GMC Hummer chief engineer Al Oppenheiser may have said it best when he stated that the Hummer is unlike anything GM has ever offered before.