GMC readies a second electric off-road Hummer—this one is an SUV

Last fall, after a long teaser campaign that included a high-profile Super Bowl commercial, GMC unveiled its new Hummer EV truck. Designed around General Motor’s forthcoming 800-volt Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors, it will lead GM’s renewed electrification efforts when the first Hummer EV Edition 1s reach customers early in 2022. Some time the following year, the Hummer EV truck will be joined by a second bombastic electric go-anywhere machine—the Hummer EV SUV.

Officially revealed online on Monday morning, the Hummer EV SUV is actually the smaller of the pair, 20 inches (507 mm) shorter overall with nine inches (227 mm) taken out of the wheelbase. GMC says that will make the Hummer EV SUV much more maneuverable than the truck on off-road trails and in the city, particularly if fitted with the optional four-wheel steering system that allows it to crab walk diagonally.

However, chopping nine inches out of the wheelbase evidently means using fewer Ultium modules in the double-stacked battery pack. As with the Hummer EV truck, GMC isn’t ready to quote an exact amount of kWh in the pack. But maximum power is only 830 hp (619 kW) from its three motors rather than the 1,000 hp (746 kW) available from the truck’s 24-module pack, and similarly, GMC is only estimating 300 miles (482 km) of range as opposed to 350 miles (564 km) for the one with a load bed.

Otherwise, the SUV is much the same as the truck we saw last year. Its off-road credentials certainly sound very impressive: 13 inches (330 mm) of suspension travel and 32 inches (813 mm) of fording ability, with the ability to cope with 60-degree inclines. It has a vast array of camera views to ensure you don’t put a tire wrong, and there are skid plates protecting important components in case you do.

Of course, one problem with heading away from civilization is that you’re heading away from things like charging infrastructure. So GMC has tweaked its mobile app to include off-road trails, even estimating energy use (with data pulled in from the fleet of Hummer EVs, so it should get more accurate over time) and distances to nearby chargers at the end of a trail. An enhanced version of Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free “level 2” driving assist will also be available, which should at least make the drive out to the wilderness a bit easier.

Pricing for the Hummer EV SUV should be revealed closer to its arrival in the market, but for context, the Hummer EV truck will range between $79,995 and $112,595, depending on specification.

Listing image by GMC