October 29, 2020

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Future Models – Hummer


GENERAL Motors is preparing to reveal its hotly anticipated all-electric GMC Hummer pick-up truck ahead of production starting in the second half of 2021, releasing an official video clip previewing the mega-performance ‘supertruck’ that also confirmed an SUV version is in the works.

 

In a one-minute video promoting the impending reveal of the Hummer truck, which is expected around October, GMC dropped the wagon-shaped bombshell in a three-second snippet in the closing stages of the clip with the outline of a large, rugged SUV being traced against a black background.

 

The clip also gave us our first concrete taster of what the Tesla Cybertruck-rivalling Hummer pick-up will look like, showing the development of clay models and prototype bodyshells, further backed up by a similarly traced outline at the end of the video.

 

Official details remain under wraps for now, but the teaser shots depict the SUV as riding on a shorter wheelbase than its ute sibling. Otherwise, almost every detail from the C-pillar forward looks the same, including the alloy wheels.

 

The outline of the pick-up reveals a sloping rear window and elongated rear tub which, if it was not for the long rear overhang, could be almost be mistaken for the bonnet and windscreen.

 

The wagon, meanwhile, can be likened to a stretched Toyota JG Cruiser with a similar tall, chunky silhouette and tailgate-mounted spare wheel – albeit on a longer wheelbase.

 

In terms of power, GMC is standing by its bold ‘estimates’ for the electric off-roader, quoting a 746kW (1000hp) peak power figure and eyewatering torque of “up to” 15,592Nm (11,500lb-ft).

 

GMC says this sheer amount of brute force – channelled to all four wheels – will be enough to launch the monster Hummer from 0-97km/h (60mph) in just three seconds.

 

This output and performance claim jettisons the electric Hummer straight to the top of GM’s charts, outmuscling and outsprinting every other model ever it has ever made including the new C8 Corvette.

 

Originally slated to be revealed in May, the reborn Hummer will be shown during the US fall (our spring) before reaching production during the same period next year.

 

In the lead up to the original debut, global GMC vice-president Duncan Aldred said the new Hummer EV would take the capability of GM’s EVs to a whole new stratosphere.

 

It remains to be seen if the monstrous EV will make it Down Under in either ute or wagon form after the Hummer nameplate disappeared from our shores in 2010.

 

Holden is nearing the completion of its exit in Australia, but General Motors recently filed a patent application for GMSV (General Motors Specialty Vehicles) with IP Australia in order to establish a concrete network for sales of Chevrolet vehicles in Australia, including the Corvette and Silverado.

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