Although its release date is delayed, GMC continues to tease elements of the upcoming Hummer electric pickup. We’ve learned it’ll offer up to 3 electric motors, and go 0-60 in 3 seconds. But the 2022 GMC Hummer isn’t only worrying for Tesla, Rivian, and Bollinger. Aspects of its design, particularly the grille, recall some of Jeep’s vehicles. And a recent teaser shows the electric Hummer may borrow something else from Jeep: a removable roof.
The GMC Hummer’s removable roof
Officially, Roadshow reports, GMC was supposed to unveil the Hummer today. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the automaker released a teaser video instead. The video is linked below, and it shows a feature that brings it closer to the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator.
The Hummer is going to come with removable roof panels. 4, to be exact, linked to a central T-bar. These panels, Car and Driver reports, can be removed by one person. The central bar can also be removed, leaving nothing over the passengers’ heads.
The panels themselves are made of glass, InsideEVs reports. Based on the night sky footage, they appear fairly transparent. However, like the Tesla Model Y’s roof, they’ll probably be at least somewhat tinted. Or perhaps GM has developed electrochromic glass, like Toyota’s done with the new hybrid Venza.
Although the GMC Hummer won’t be the only electric truck with a removable roof, there aren’t many which do. For example, the Tesla Cybertruck doesn’t. And although Jeep is planning on making EVs, the Gladiator doesn’t appear to be one of them.
Indeed, the only electric truck besides the Hummer with removable roof panels is the Bollinger B2. The B2, though, starts at $125,000. The GMC Hummer, meanwhile, will likely be priced around $70,000.
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The teaser video also shows a bit of the Hummer’s interior. Admittedly, not a lot. However, it’s enough to show the truck will have sizable infotainment and gauge display screens. InsideEVs estimates the digital gauge cluster has a 12” screen. The central screen, meanwhile, appears to be a 15” unit.
In addition, Motor1 reports GMC is keeping the Hummer’s release on-schedule. The truck, along with its SUV variant, is set for a fall 2021 release as a 2022 model. Also, Motor1 reports the Hummer will use the battery tech GM is co-developing with Honda.
Finally, Car and Driver reports the electric pickup will be available in several trims and body configurations. These will include a “work-truck configuration,” as well as a trim that adds even more off-road capability. Based on Road & Track’s report, the latter will likely make use of the pickup’s optional air suspension.
What we still don’t know
Although the removable roof panels will make it on the GMC Hummer truck, as of this writing, it’s unknown if the SUV will also offer them.
In addition, Jeep offers both the Wrangler and Gladiator with soft-top roofs. GMC has not confirmed if that will be an option for its electric truck and SUV. However, given the Hummer is positioned as an up-scale truck/SUV, it seems somewhat unlikely.
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