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This is the smaller SUV version of the new Hummer EV

Well it's technically smaller than the pick-up, but obviously it’s still massive

Published: 06 Apr 2021
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“Designing the Pickup and SUV simultaneously helped us give each their own unique features to maximise utility,” says Phil Zak, executive director of design for the all-new Hummer EV. 

“The SUV’s tight proportions create a distinct profile and spacious cargo area, while maintaining a roomy and architecturally inspired cabin.”

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Are they tight proportions, Phil? Really? Yes, the newly unveiled SUV you see above has a wheelbase that’s almost 23cm shorter than the pickup’s, but it’s still 5m long and almost 2.4m wide. We’d suggest that’s actually rather ginormous.

Still a brilliantly designed thing though, isn’t it? The SUV is perhaps even better looking than the truck thanks to that angular rear canopy and the full-size spare on the back. The standard Infinity Roof remains too with its clever removable panels – made possible by the under-floor battery pack being turned into a structural element on GMC’s Ultium Platform.

Bad news for all you 1,000bhp fans though; the SUV’s most potent powertrain will still deploy three e-motors, but unlike the Pickup they will only produce 830bhp and 11,500lb ft of torque for a 0-60mph time of around 3.5 seconds. Should still be plenty, mind. Down the line there’ll also be two-motor versions with roughly 625bhp.

All Hummer EVs will get four-wheel steer as standard with a trick crab walk diagonal-drive function, as well as adaptive air suspension, 22-inch wheels and 35-inch Goodyear all-terrain tyres. The SUV gets better departure and breakover angles thanks to its shorter wheelbase, and the optional Extreme Off-Road Package adds smaller wheels with chunkier tyres, underbody armour and a whole heap of cameras that provide different views of your immediate surroundings. The headline off-roading stats are 33cm of suspension travel, a max ground clearance of 40cm and a wading depth of just over 80cm.

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First Edition models with that three-motor powertrain will manage over 300 miles on a single charge and will get 300kW fast charging capabilities. They’ll also have the ability to remotely charge other EVs with a 6kW onboard generator. 

Inside there’s a huge amount of space for five, as well as a 13.4-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch driver display. GM reckons there’ll be nearly 200 accessories available for the SUV and Pickup too.

What do we think, folks?

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