The 2022 GMC Hummer is the latest release in a string of long-awaited car releases this year. The Hummer is offered in one trim level, the Edition 1 trim. The cheaper trims will follow in coming years, they’re claiming 2023, and 2024. The highlights of the event and the car, are that this car is powerful, crazy, and maybe a bit weird?
We’ve waited long to see the answer to the Rivian, and the Cybertruck from traditional American car manufacturers. Now finally we can see what they’ve come up with to compete with the multiple new brands making electric pickups. But is this the right answer? Let’s see.
Let’s talk about the specs, supposedly this thing will be making a whopping 1,000 hp and has a supposed 0-60 time of 3 seconds, which for this behemoth is really fast. It’s a huge leap from the ancestors of this Hummer. The Hummer brand has been retired (with good reason) for years now, and this new release is being released under the GMC brand as opposed to out on its own. The truck features three electric motors with two on the rear axle and the last on the front. GMC is calling this new 4WD system e-4WD
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This first release, the “Edition 1” comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a $112,005 truck. The battery range is a projected 350+ miles, it works with 400-volt or 800-volt chargers and is claimed to be able to charge 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. It’s got massive 18-inch wheels with 35-inch meaty Goodyear Wrangler tires, rock rails, an adaptive air suspension, four-wheel steering, and some wild—absolutely wild—interior screens.
The big screen interior
Look at these screens. First, there’s a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster behind the steering wheel. If that wasn’t enough screen to get in front of your eyes, there’s a 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display that seems to be in a landscape 16x9 orientation. I’m not sure why it was designed this way, but these screens seem to only be about three or so inches from each other and both are too big. The big dashboard infotainment screen can be split up into three portions that you can select what to show.
Moving on in the interior, they did make a step in the right direction using faux leather throughout the cabin to avoid using any animal products. This may be an attempt to offset the real self-indulgence of the old Hummers which made about 3 miles per gallon. Regardless, it’s nice to see manufacturers turning a corner. They’ve got a few fun little subtle touches throughout the interior like moon themed textures, and a Sea of Tranquility etching into the door speakers. Motortrend reports this was because, “the Hummer EV was deemed a “moonshot” given the short development time of the vehicle—half the usual time of a typical GM product.”
For offroading, this bad boy has got a 44-degree approach angle and a 34-degree departure angle.
The adaptive air suspension allows for up to 13 inches of suspension travel. It’s set up with a slew of cameras to monitor every single grain of dust, rock, or ant that your Hummer will pulverize as it soldiers over anything. 18 cameras cover the undercarriage acting as “virtual spotters” and they feed into your gigantic flatscreen display inside the cabin. Similar to what we saw with the Jeep Renegade you can actually wash off these cameras with the click of a button.
Here’s the craziest part, four-wheel steering. This means someone at GM has been watching Rivian. You can drive in diagonal if you want. GMC is calling it a CrabWalk function that allows you to steer the rear and front wheels at the same angle.
Another thing we can assume was inspired by another automaker is the WTF (Watts to Freedom) drive mode. I can’t help but think this wasn’t inspired, or influenced by Tesla’s Ludicrous mode. The WTF mode is essentially launch control, the Hummer lowers its air suspension and the truck is optimized for optimal power performance to launch you like a rocket off the line.
I’m not a big Hummer guy. I am a big EV guy though, and so that means I have to like this to some degree. As far as the exterior goes, I think the first Hummer was better looking. This one is cool, but it looks a bit bloated and potentially suffers from the same problem the H2 suffered; it’s been over thought. Then there’s the interior. The LG monitor I’m typing this article on nearly isn’t as big as the screens in this Hummer. That may be an exaggeration, but not far off. There are too many screens! Those are all my gripes. The rest I think is really cool, seems like it’s gonna have a lot of power, towing capacity, will probably be very comfortable, it’s filled with cool little details, when I think about those things you’ve almost got me liking this thing but then I remember; $112,005?!