Now that the GMC Hummer EV has made its debut, it’s clear that the designers were clearly inspired by former models that wore the nameplate. The commanding footprint, recognizable grille, and visible chunkiness are all trademarks of the brand. However, what we saw at the debut event was only a pre-production prototype, which can always see some changes. MC&T recently chatted with the Hummer EV Design Manager John Mack to discuss what sort of changes we might see moving into production.
In recent years, automakers have had a tendency to roll out prototypes or concepts that are truly representative of the final product. Whereas before we may have been introduced to a wild concept years in advance, launch events have been happening closer to the production rollout recently. Take the Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept for example, which should arrive to showrooms looking mostly intact. And just like the Jeep, the GMC Hummer EV we saw is almost exactly what we’ll be getting.
“It’s about 98 percent of what you see is accurate… there’s a few nuances,” said Mack, formally the Chevrolet Performance Studio Design Manager, when asked if the design was still conceptual. “ It’s stuff that design will notice. Surface refinement, tailgates, skid plates… those are areas that will probably be a little bit different come production.”
In other words, customers are unlikely to notice these differences. This is different than Tesla’s most recent remarks about the Cybertruck, where its design may see quite a few changes.
If you like what you’ve been seeing with the Hummer EV thus far, this is good news. Whether or not the designer has the same definition of two percent as you or I will have to be seen. That said, GM has certainly had plenty of extra time to refine the design. If you remember, the Hummer EV was slated to make its debut all the way back in May, but the pandemic had other plans. According to Mack, this may have helped in an odd way.
“The (reveal delay) gave us a little bit more time… to get it closer to the actual production intent,” said Mack. “It did help us a little bit.”
While we’ll have to wait to see exactly what changes General Motors is going to make to the Hummer EV, we know they won’t be plentiful. Whether you love the styling or not, this truck marks the start of a new era for the American truck market.