Proper from the beginning, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV has been marketed with superlatives, largely in reference to its specs. GMC has even known as it a “supertruck” in its personal supplies. And whereas we have obtained a style of the truck earlier than, solely now have we lastly acquired our arms on the production-spec mannequin, and had the chance to drive it each off-road and on the road. What we have discovered is that the Hummer EV is undoubtedly a supertruck, a lot the identical manner that a Ferrari or a Lamborghini is a supercar. It completely delivers on its unimaginable capabilities, however there are compromises. And so they’re value being conscious of earlier than plunking down the greater than $100,000 a first-year Hummer will run you.
That six-figure truck is the model we examined, the Version 1, which really rings in at $112,595. It is the one model in manufacturing for now, with decrease trims coming within the subsequent couple years. It is offered out, however lots of the options will probably be obtainable on the subsequent highest trim degree, the EV 3X. Amongst these options are the three motors, torque vectoring, “Watts To Freedom” launch mode, four-wheel steering, detachable glass roof panels, 35-inch tires, Tremendous Cruise, energy rear window and MultiPro tailgate. In different phrases, though you may actually now not order an Version 1, you may nonetheless order a Hummer EV with almost the identical specification.
We’ll begin the place most house owners in all probability will: mashing the throttle. Nobody can resist seeing what 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque will really feel like. It is even a tad extra torque in Watts To Freedom mode, which preemptively runs the cooling system to allow the extra twist. That mode permits the Hummer to hit 60 mph in three seconds, and the drama is dialed up with visible, audible and haptic cues. However even with out participating launch mode, the Hummer EV impresses and delights with its acceleration. Along with pinning you to the seat, the whole truck squats in an exaggerated trend. It is absurd, particularly contemplating the truck’s curb weight that surpasses a really astounding 9,000 kilos. That’s a number of hundred kilos greater than the heaviest GMC Sierra HD 3500 diesel dually. After all, that weight, in addition to the character of electrical motors, means the occasion begins to settle down because the velocity will increase.
The load is noticeable in different areas, too. Hauling the burly beast down from velocity takes a good bit of pedal stress, although it does nonetheless cease moderately rapidly. The regenerative braking can be elevated in quite a few methods: by urgent the steering wheel paddle, shifting from “D” to “L,” and enabling One-Pedal Mode. It may possibly make slowing down simpler, however can be fairly aggressive and won’t be to everybody’s style.
On-road dealing with is not too dangerous, however the weight nonetheless performs a task. The steering has a superb really feel, beginning out mild at low speeds for simpler maneuvering, and picks up some comfy heft with higher velocity. It even has some suggestions, though it’s kind of imprecise off-center. A few of which may be due to the off-road tires. These tires do not supply a lot grip, and with the load, the Hummer is not essentially the most keen to alter instructions. However the truck does really feel secure and composed in corners for so long as the tires maintain, and even with reasonable physique roll. The four-wheel-steering can be extraordinarily useful for U-turns and threading by means of parking tons.
Although it was tough to judge journey high quality on Arizona’s flawless pavement, we really feel fairly assured saying the Hummer ought to keep a snug journey no matter highway circumstances contemplating how properly it does when there’s no pavement in any respect. It was by no means upset by bumps, and has an impressively stiff physique and chassis. Moreover, the Hummer EV Version 1 comes with the newest model of Tremendous Cruise. Not solely does it deal with hands-free freeway driving very properly, it additionally manages automated lane adjustments and passing, and does so impressively. It makes for a truck that could possibly be a terrific long-distance cruiser, particularly with its 329-mile vary and the flexibility to benefit from 350-kW quick chargers due to its 800-volt electrical structure.
That’s if it weren’t for a way noisy the Hummer might be on the freeway. Sure, this electrical automobile is loud. However as an alternative of powertrain noise, it is wind and tire noise. The tire noise is at the very least one thing that may be simply rectified — merely swap out the 35s for extra road-oriented rubber or order your Hummer with out them. The wind noise is not actually addressable – simply have a look at the factor. The noise isn’t a complete dealbreaker, nevertheless it’s disappointing for such an costly car.
The inside additionally has some conflicting features. In contrast to the outdated Hummer H2, the Hummer EV is kind of huge inside with acres of head, leg and hip room. The seats are thickly cushioned and huge sufficient to be cozy for almost anybody. The glass roof panels are good for mild, however they lack shades and as an alternative depend upon an odd blue tint – the solar can nonetheless find yourself in your sight view or create annoying glare on numerous inside surfaces. Sturdiness and easy-cleaning have been clearly on the prime of thoughts for GMC designers as supplies embody appropriately rugged plastics and fake leather-based. Enjoying with completely different colours, textures and particulars just like the slats, rivets and Moon topographic map print does a superb job of elevating the inside’s atmosphere regardless of these rugged supplies, however there’s no denying they might nonetheless really feel misplaced for the worth. This isn’t a Mercedes G-Class.
The infotainment and instrument screens (measuring 13.four and 12.three inches, respectively) are excellent, although. They’re vivid, high-resolution, and have easily animated graphics for drive modes and extra. The fonts are all tailor-made for the Hummer’s design, too. The touchscreen is brilliantly responsive, options easy-to-press icons, and has customizable shortcut icons for fast entry to your most-used capabilities. Additionally appreciated are the bodily buttons for adjusting local weather controls and driver capabilities. It even has the all-important quantity knob.
Any compromises on the highway nearly evaporate as soon as the Hummer will get off-road. As we alluded to earlier, the suspension handles tough paths nice, holding the truck beneath management and passengers comparatively comfy, even because the tempo picks up. The four-wheel steering is massively useful, reacting rapidly and feeling shockingly pure. It makes it straightforward to bend the Hummer round obstacles and tight corners. Add within the myriad cameras (18 views in whole, together with beneath the truck), and it feels very nimble on trails. You will nonetheless should be conscious, although, because the Hummer’s width rivals that of a Raptor. No quantity of gizmos can change that and path pinstripes are seemingly.
The Hummer’s sluggish velocity prowess is much more spectacular. The Terrain mode plus shifting into “L” helps you to crawl round nearly with one pedal and permit for exact and minute throttle functions. Using brakes on this setup additionally helps preserve the truck in place when you do not wish to transfer with out the necessity to drive with two ft over obstacles. It even pulls the identical particular cooling trick Watts To Freedom does to permit for extra torque to creep over obstacles. These off-road tires that may be such a legal responsibility on pavement are unsurprisingly a bonus off of it, and when coupled with the throttle management and torque, helps the large Hummer breeze up nasty hills and bumps with out breaking a sweat. It does have a mechanical entrance locking differential and might nearly lock the twin rear motors for optimum traction, however the truck’s fundamental motor controls managed wheel spin so properly we by no means wanted to make use of the lockers. Aside from its width, the Hummer is an all-around off-road monster.
With the Hummer’s wonderful energy, vary, functionality and practicality, it is unquestionably the supertruck GMC claims it’s. And as such, its $112,595 price ticket feels justified. However like a brilliantautomobile, it makes critical sacrifices for its excessive functionality in an space that doesn’t have a lot to do with the each day drive (on this case, off-roading versus a supercar’s prowess on a monitor). So when you’re simply in search of a flashy, luxurious journey, it’s possible you’ll wish to take into account one thing extra conventional. However if you would like probably the most outrageous vans on the planet, one thing to scare your neighbors’ Raptors and TRXs, the Hummer is your journey, and price each penny.