MILFORD, Mich. — Hummer is excessive on the checklist of autos we by no means thought would return. The gas-guzzling brutes met their demise greater than a decade in the past because the business pivoted briefly to smaller vehicles and Common Motors shed manufacturers throughout its historic restructuring. Quick-forward to 2022, and Hummer’s revival is at hand due to one more business shift, this time to electrical propulsion. It’s costly, it’s nonetheless big and the numbers are eye-popping to the tune of 1,000 horsepower. America loves a comeback — however it loves vans extra.
We briefly examined the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Version 1 truck on the GM Proving Grounds 40 miles northwest of Detroit. Weeks from now, Hummers will begin rolling off the road at GM’s rechristened EV website, dubbed Manufacturing unit Zero, within the Motor Metropolis.
Whereas the Hummer SUV will undoubtedly show its value, GM is main with the pickup, ambitiously calling it a supertruck and eagerly touting its metrics and mojo-generating options, like CrabWalk, in opposition to the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, in addition to gas-powered off-roaders just like the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX, plus numerous Jeep and Land Rover SUVs. (This is our newest supertruck spec comparo).
All of them have impressed us (save the Cybertruck, which solely Jay Leno and some others have pushed), however the Hummer is formidable in its personal proper. For one factor, it’s a Hummer. The unfavourable connotations of the outdated Hummers soften away when there’s a 24-module Ultium battery pack powering three motors for a variety of 350-plus miles on a single cost. The outdated mannequin was divisive, however lots of people paid some huge cash for them just because they appeared very cool.
Hummer’s acquainted grille makes it daring return on our tester that looms excessive on its 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires. It definitely appears to be like the a part of a supertruck. The cabin is roomy and ethereal, with the detachable sky panels letting within the vibrant fall morning. Hummer EV chief engineer Al Oppenheiser is our co-pilot for our take a look at, and after a fast walk-through, we’re off. (Watch the above video for all of our N95-clad adventures on the proving grounds).
The primary order of enterprise is solely mashing the throttle. The Version 1 serves up about 1,200 pound-feet of torque, and you may make use of all of that and the four-figure horsepower to hit 60 mph in about 3 seconds. We speed up arduous, blasting over some comfortable floor earlier than issues get a little bit squirrelly and might affirm the claimed time feels legit. Later, Oppenheiser cues up “Watts to Freedom,” which lowers the Hummer 2 inches, pipes in sound by way of the audio system, triggers seat haptics and flashes animations on the infotainment screens. The previous Camaro chief then promptly places down a 60-mph time that’s close to 3 seconds. With a cheeky WTF acronym, ‘Watts’ is the motive force’s name to freedom by way of acceleration, and sometimes austere GMC’s response to Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode.
CrabWalk is the subsequent maneuver. Initially, we had been skeptical. Just like the Mercedes bouncing suspension, CrabWalk looks as if a cute trick, however actually, who wants this? Nicely, should you’re going to pay $112,595 for one thing, the power to drive diagonally is a pleasant tremendous energy to supply your clients. In easy phrases, the again wheels can flip on the similar angle because the entrance wheels, as much as 10 levels at low speeds. It really works. It’s form of surreal. It’s form of like boating. We might see how this would possibly assist with parking or off-roading, however CrabWalk’s greatest function is its capacity to deal physique blows to the egos of G-Class homeowners.
“It’s a hell of a celebration trick in your family and friends,” says Aaron Pfau, lead growth engineer for the Hummer.