GM Planning An Off-Road Invasion Following GMC Hummer Debut
The excitement around the Ford Bronco has finally subsided, GMC announced this week that the Hummer EV will be unveiled in the fall. The debut teaser also provided a brief glimpse of the tech-packed pickup. However, that wasn’t the only Hummer news to emerge. Muscle cars and trucks reports that GM will look for opportunities to expand its offering of all-terrain vehicles, including the Hummer.
The news came during the company’s second quarter 2020 earnings call from GM CEO Mary Barra, who said the company sees “real capacity” with Hummer, GMC and Chevy when it comes to off-road possibilities. Barra also noted that all-terrain vehicles are “important to customers,” concluding that it will continue to expand its offerings.
That doesn’t mean the Hummer EV will be ready to take on the Bronco or the Jeep Gladiator. As MC&T note, the Rivian R1T and R1S, and the Tesla Cybertruck are more likely competitors. All you have to do is check out the specs for the Hummer. It will produce over 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts) when it arrives sprinting at 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in three seconds. When GMC teased it, the ad said the truck would offer “remarkable on- and off-road capabilities.”
The Hummer EV will be more than its performance. The new model will house GM’s new Ultium batteries. Glimpses of the truck – the SUV version to follow later – show a Hummer-like design with removable roof panels and a chiseled appearance.
Other off-road possibilities could include the Silverado. This is one area where Ford has found success with the Raptor with Ram prepping the Rebel TRX. There are other possibilities as well, but we’ll have to wait until the Hummer reveal this fall to see what comes next. There might not be a better time to be an off-road enthusiast than now.