GMC’s Hummer EV "Crabwalk" Sounds Dumb But Could Be Awesome
The return of the Hummer, even in EV form, has the truck world alight. The hype is real, folks, and the buzz is about to get even louder now that General Motors has unveiled one of the Hummer EV’s most unique features: the crab walk. No, this isn’t some kind of dance move that the Hummer EV is capable of doing; it’s actually a real feature that allows the hulking electric truck to move diagonally. Yes, diagonally. The crab walk is one of many new features that’s included in the Hummer EV. All of it is part of GMC’s strategy to reinvent the Hummer’s image from being one of the loudest and thirstiest gas-guzzlers in the land to a muted and electric whizzing truck that’s apparently capable of crab walking its way out of potential hazards.
GM Just Revealed a Removable Roof For the Hummer EV That Doesn’t Exist
May 20, 2020. This was the day GM was supposed to reveal the exciting new 2022 Hummer electric pickup truck. But, courtesy of the pandemic, the launch is inevitably delayed. However, GM decided to tease enthusiasts and reveal a key detail that just made the Hummer a lot more desirable.
The automaker released a short video clip that shows the Hummer electric pickup truck with the roof panels removed. Well, didn’t see that one coming, did you?
GMC Hummer EV Launch Delayed Due To COVID-19
Back in January, GM announced that the Hummer brand is making a comeback as an electric brand. A couple of weeks later, the automaker teased the reincarnated brand’s first vehicle, an electric truck, in a commercial at the 2020 Superbowl. The short ads revealed a few details about the ‘quiet revolution’ along with the reveal date – May 20, 2020. The countdown had already begun and people were already looking forward to it, but it looks like the launch is delayed. The company announced in a statement that the Hummer EV’s launch is delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. Well, that’s the latest launch to be affected by COVID-19.
This Is What The 2022 Hummer EV’s Logo Looks Like
The Hummer EV is still a long time away, but here’s a new bit of information. GMC has filed for a new Hummer logo with the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office. It still spells out “HUMMER”, but the font is different and fresh.
Along with this, GMC sent a second application as well, requesting the “Hummer” brand name to various applications. There was one application filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as well. Although things seem to progress with the reincarnated brand, when will the truck itself be revealed, GM?
The GMC Hummer EV Will Be Offered With Three All-Electric Powertrain Choices
The GMC Hummer EV was announced last week and it has pretty much been in the news ever since. The company has been tight-lipped about it and hasn’t released much information on it yet. So far, all we’ve learned are horsepower, torque, and 0-60 mph figures.
Now, however, some more information about the powertrain options has come to light. The GMC Hummer will be offered with three powertrain options. This is good news because this way, GMC will most likely cover a broader spectrum instead of solely catering to high-power enthusiasts.
GMC Hummer EV: What We Know So Far
The new Hummer EV got all the buzz since the day GMC announced it will be teasing the new “truck” in a Super Bowl commercial. There were a lot of rumors regarding the Hummer’s revival, but none of them provided enough information and details about this revival.
In fact, even GMC has revealed only three details about the Hummer so far – the horsepower, torque, and 0-60 mph figure. Was it enough to create an itch in our brains? Of course! GMC has been tight-lipped about pretty much everything, but we should be able to get some more information about the Hummer EV until it debuts on May 20, 2020. Here’s what we know so far.
What Does the Future Hold For GM Trucks? Will the Company Be Able to Compete With Tesla and Rivian?
We are a little befuddled listening to what Mary Barra had to say about GM producing an all-electric truck. Who’s Mary Barra? Well, she is the CEO of General Motors and. when asked about doing an electric pickup truck to compete with Tesla’s upcoming pickup, she did not have any answer and just commented, ‘stay tuned.’ Stay tuned to watch GM go down?
GMC Could Take GM on the Path of Electric Trucks and SUVs
General Motors is prepping itself well for the rEVolution. Recently, it announced that Cadillac will be converted into an electric luxury brand, and now, it looks like GMC will be taking the same route. CNBC reports that GMC may be considering an all-electric line up of SUVs and pickup trucks. Do Tesla and Rivian have anything to worry about?
GMC Teases the 2019 GMC Sierra; Debut Imminent!
General Motors is on the cusp of debuting its all-new 2019 GMC Sierra half-ton pickup. The automaker tweeted a darkened teaser photo on Monday, February 26 – just days ahead of the March 1 debut.
The image shows the emboldened red GMC logo flanked by C-shaped LED daytime running lights that encapsulate the truck’s LED headlights. Beyond that, it’s impossible to tell what GMC has up its sleeve – that is, until its twin brother is taken into consideration, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
Still, the new generation of GM trucks will look much less identical than in years past. Spy shots have shown the fenders and taillights are unique to each truck, though the dashboards and interior layout won’t have such separation. Aside from trim pieces, badges, and GMC’s IntelliLink rather than Chevy’s MyLink infotainment systems, the two trucks will have nearly identical cabins. GMC will likely have the swankier range-topping version, though, thanks to the ever-popular Denali trim.
Powertrain options will be the same, including heavily updated versions of the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s, along with GM’s new 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel. The 10-speed automatic is expected to be standard across the board. GM is apparently dropping the 4.3-liter V-6.
While pricing is still a highly guarded secret among GMC’s bean counters, tradition says the Sierra will be slightly more expensive than the Silverado. GMC has always been marketed as a slightly more upscale version of the Chevy.
GMC will be broadcasting the debut live at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. We’ve got the link below so you can watch the event unfold live.
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2019 GMC Sierra Expected to Debut March 1 in Detroit
General Motors is apparently skipping the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in favor of an independent debut for its all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. The Chicago Auto Show is happening Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9, but the Sierra debut is rumored for March 1.
If true, the event will take place almost two months after Chevrolet debuted its 2019 Silverado 1500. Of course, both the Silverado and Sierra have historically shared a vast number of parts with styling being the major differentiator. That might change, however, as GMC aims to further separate itself from Chevy. Both trucks compete for basically the same customer, though the GMC’s target audience is slightly more upscale.
The 2019 Sierra’s March debut will include its full lineup of trim levels, including the swanky Denali trim. Also expected are the shared powertrains with the Chevy Silverado. These include updated 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s, along with the highly anticipated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel. The 10-speed automatic transmission GM co-developed with Ford is expected in all but the base trim levels. GM has not announced whether the 4.3-liter V-6 will continue.
The GM twins have their work cut out as Ram also brings an all-new truck to market for 2019 and the Ford F-150 underwent a mid-cycle refresh for 2018. Together, the twins sold roughly 804,000 trucks in 2017, closely rivaling the Ford F-Series’ 2017 sales of 820,799 trucks, but blowing away Ram’s sales of only 489,418 trucks. Ram is expected to see a massive increase in sales thanks to its new 2019 truck, but so are Chevy and GMC. For the first time in 40 years, Ford might be dethroned as the pickup truck sales leader.
Rumors had been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-side pickup since its introduction for 2015. Heck, even GMC’s vice president of Sales, Duncan Aldred, has been quoted as saying he wants the range-topping trim level added to the mix.
It makes perfect sense, too. Every other GMC product offers the upgraded luxury version with distinctive exterior styling and swanky interior adornments – save for the Savanna van. What’s more, the Denali trim is said to account for roughly 25 percent of GMC sales, meaning customers crave that upscale appearance and feel.
Those rumors got even hotter when spy photographers snagged a Canyon test mule wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. We here at TopSpeed took what we saw and created a rendering of what a Canyon Denali might look like.
Thankfully, the wait is over. GMC debuted the “professional grade” luxo-truck at the 2015 LA Auto Show.
And just as we suspected, the Canyon Denali comes loaded with features and amenities that are otherwise unavailable or optional extras on lower trim levels. The now-iconic cheese grader chrome grille is paired with 20-inch ultra-bright aluminum wheels and Denali badging to denote the trim level’s range-topping status.
Providing power is the 3.6-liter V-6 as standard, while the new-for-2016 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel is offered for customers who want an extra 700 pounds of towing and the EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway.
So let’s take a look at GMC’s newest Denali member
Updated 11/17/2015: GMC dropped the 2017 Canyon Denali at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Thanks to a trademark filing earlier this month, there has been a lot of new talk about a production version of the 2010 GMC Granite Concept that originally debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At the time, the Granite was seen as more of a hatchback competing against the likes of the Kia Soul and Honda Fit, but in the last year, the market for small crossovers has boomed, making such a model a perfect addition in the truck-heavy GMC lineup. General Motors has yet to actually confirm if the Granite will make it into production, but based on the latest trademark news and the amount of action in the subcompact crossover segment lately, there’s a pretty good bet that GMC is preparing to add its littlest model ever.
With that in mind, we imagined what a production version of the Granite Concept would look like, although there’s no telling if GMC would actually use the styling of that concept or just the name. Considering how popular the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore crossovers have been for GM since they went on sale, there’s a really good chance that the GMC Granite will ride on the same Gamma II platform as the Chevy and Buick.
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GMC really has no idea whether it wants to build a production version of its 2010 Granite Concept. However, it just keeps on extending the trademark. In fact, it’s extended it so many times that it just recently had to file for the trademark all over again.
After using up all five of its six-month extensions for the Granite trademark, General Motors had to reset the entire process and refile on May 26th, 2015. This constant renewing of the trademark means that this name must have some value to the brand, but the it remains unclear what the automaker plans to do with it.
For those who missed it, the Granite Concept was a C-segment crossover with suicide doors, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that likely produced around 150 horsepower, and a high-tech cabin filled with all sorts of gadgets to keep your average tech nerd plugged in.
Why GMC never actually produced this Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and Mini Countryman competitor is likely because the market wasn’t quite ready for an SUV this size. Now with these small SUVs sprouting like weeds in late spring, GMC is likely ready to pull the production trigger.
Now, don’t look for the suicide doors, the futuristic cabin, and all the gadgetry. Instead, look for a clean, compact people hauler with more traditional looks than its main competitors and slightly more off-road capabilities.
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GMC’s U.S. vice president Duncan Aldred has been rather vocal lately about the upcoming plans for General Motors’ premium truck brand. While nothing completely official has been announced, Aldred has admitted to WardsAuto that the automaker does have a new vehicle coming to market and it could be here within the next 12 months. This comes on the heels of the rumored Jeep Wrangler-fighter GMC has been polling its dealer network for opinions about.
The case for such a rugged SUV grows after Aldred said in the interview, “When you look at the portfolio, you start to think, ‘What niches are there?’ You could argue a third (CUV) between the Acadia and Terrain. But there is not much space,” he says. While WardsAuto figures the new GMC vehicle is a shrunken version of the seven-passenger Acadia, that’s hard to believe considering the Acadia shares its platform with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. A full redesign of that Lambda platform would greatly impact both Chevy and Buick’s model lineup flow.
Introducing a new vehicle seems the most practical. Either way, Aldred reassures saying GMC will not introduce a less-than-stellar product. “It’s a truck brand and it’s a premium-truck brand. We’re not going to move away from that.”
The new vehicle will help GMC achieve a slight growth, expanding its U.S. market share from three percent up to four percent within the next five years, Aldred explains. Beyond that, the growth is projected to hit five percent within 10 years.
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The status quo might be in for a rude awakening at GMC in the next few years.
GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred says, “I have come to do a job and change the face of the brand.”
Aldred is a newer face at GMC, having come from his chairman and managing director role at Vauxhall Motors and CEO position of Opel Ireland in February. In an interview with Edmunds, he said the goal is to strengthen the brand in an effort to increase sales. “We are looking at everything," Aldred said. "What segments will grow? What segments will not? We are evaluating all possibilities that could really turbocharge the brand and the growth."
More specifically, Aldred says the automaker is currently exploring the possibilities of adding a flagship halo vehicle above the Yukon Denali, something that would be even more on par with the Cadillac Escalade. GMC is also considering its own subcompact crossover roughly the size of the Buick Encore.
What’s most interesting is Aldred’s admitting there’s room for an “active all-road, Wrangler-esque type of vehicle” in the lineup.
While there is no way of knowing what GMC’s early brainstorming ideas are, it’s hard to ignore the possibility of a new GMC Jimmy, the two-door SUV modeled after the Chevrolet Blazer. Those early Jimmy and Blazers were built off full-size truck platforms and featured removable hard tops over the second row seats and cargo area. Big V-8s and four-wheel-drive help made the boxy SUVs an icon of the 1970s and 80s.
Note: GMC Yukon Denali SUV pictured here.
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Earlier this week, TopSpeed.com was graciously invited by GM to attend a press event on their famous Detroit test track ’Milford Proving Ground’. In the morning, we completed the safe driving program and test drove several GM vehicles. Later on, we met up for dinner with several other car bloggers and GM’s general manager, Edward J. Peper. Below are the highlights of the event.