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.
GMC’s Latest Teaser Video Gives Us a Decent Look at the Hummer EV
Apart from the Bronco, there was another nameplate set to make a return this year – the Hummer. GMC even played out commercials at the Superbowl announcing a 20 May 2020 debut, but that didn’t happen due to the pandemic. Now, the company has announced that the Hummer will debut later this fall. The production of the electric super truck will begin in the fall of 2021.
Check out some awesome detail screenshots from the video at the bottom of this page!
2018 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition
Hot on the heels of unveiling the new GMC Sierra Elevation, General Motors’ resident SUV and pickup brand is giving the same love to the full-size Yukon SUV. A pair of special edition models — they’re called the Graphite and Graphite Performance Editions, respectively — are set to be offered later this year, packing across-the-board cosmetic and performance upgrades meant to give the SUV a more imposing presence in its segment.
GMC Yukon Denali Gets More Premium Features with Ultimate Black Edition Pack
Introduced in 2014, the fourth-generation GMC Yukon Denali received favorable reviews so far, being praised for its spacious cabin, luxury features, and cutting-edge technology. The new Denali model also took a big bite into Cadillac sales, which speaks volumes about how close modern GMC’s are to Caddys in terms of premium features. But you can never have too much exclusivity, so GMC just rolled out a new limited-edition version of the Yukon Denali. Dubbed Ultimate Black Edition, it can be had with a black exterior only and with a few add-ons that enhance its premium looks.
More specifically, Onyx Black is the only exterior color available. Yup, it’s the old Ford Model T routine with any color as long as it’s black. The custom 22-inch wheels are also finished in black but also have chrome inserts. More chrome can be seen on the mirror caps and the polished exhaust pipe. Needless to say, the chrome features are a nice contrast to the glossy black paint. Inside the cabin, the only extra features are the premium, carpeted floor mats.
The Ultima Black Edition also includes the Open Road Package as standard. The bundle adds a nine-month trial of Sirius XM and NavTraffic, power sunroof, and rear-seat entertainment. It also includes the Power-Retractable Assist Steps, the Enhanced Security Package including door and liftgate lock shields, glass breakage sensors, interior motion detectors, and self-powered horn and vertical movement sensors. Finally, the limited-edition comes with Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
The 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivers the same 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque as in the regular model and mates to the 10-speed automatic that GMC introduced for the 2018 model year.
Rumors have been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-size 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.
Now those rumors are getting hotter as spy photographers have snagged the Canyon wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. But we here at TopSpeed aren’t content with blurry spy shots with some sweaty engineer in the cabin. No, we want a “professional grade” look at the upcoming luxo-truck.
And here it is.
Meet the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali – or at least our idea of it. Honestly though, the Denali trim is fairly easy to envision. Add the cheese grater grille, larger wheels, chrome accents, and premium paint and you’ve got yourself a Denali. It’s also a safe bet to call GMC on the model year now that the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder is on the market for 2016.
So let’s take a look at the suspected details.
Read more about the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.
Traditional body-on-frame SUVs are becoming something of a rare breed these days with unibody crossovers picking up the sales slack. Folks seem to be more worried about fuel economy than towing numbers or off-road abilities. Still, the market for the old-school, ladder-frame SUV exists and models are still moving off dealer lots.
Two of the more luxurious examples are the Lexus GX460 and the GMC Yukon Denali. Both of these beasts come packing some serious hardware, including V-8 engines, standard/available 4WD and trailer hitch, roof racks, tall ground clearance, and enough attitude to make a snotty high school girl seem angelic.
But how do these two compare when pitted against each other? Both go for the luxury segment, both are slathered in chrome, both offer three rows of seating, and both cost over $60,000. That’s what we’ll find out.
To preface this comparison, both the GMC and Lexus have spent a week in my driveway and were driven on the same roads, in the same conditions, and even photographed in the same place – all within a two-month window. So let’s get to it.
Continue reading for the full comparison
GMC’s popular Denali trim level has been the brand’s opulence trim since the introduction of the 1999 Yukon . Extra features, added luxury, and a distinct grille design have made the range-topping trim level a popular choice among affluent buyers who want something extra.
SUVs and crossovers became increasingly popular beginning in the 1990s. Few automakers have yet to join this profitable segment, while most manufacturers that offer such vehicles are elbows deep into providing the sportiness and chutzpah more and more customers are demanding nowadays, while struggling to keep up with the stringent fuel-consumption and CO2-emission regulations. Granted, SUVs are now more than just plain, slow vehicles designed to haul people or tackle the roughest off-road trails.
Need a sports car that rides higher than usual and can carry four people comfortably? Porsche is ready to take your check and deliver a Cayenne. If legroom is what interests you most, but you also need more than 500 ponies and an off-road capable rig, then you’re better off with the Range Rover LWB. You’d rather trade British elegance and German sportiness for some American bling? No problem, you’re the reason why Cadillac is building the Escalade. There’s no doubt these are all great machines, but they all come with at least one drawback, they’re awfully expensive.
That’s not to say there aren’t any affordable SUVs that can offer seating for seven people out there. There’s a handful of seven-seaters you can buy for less than $50,000 that still offer plenty of posh features. We put together a list comprising the cheapest luxury seven-seater SUVs you can buy for the 2015 model year. Check it out below and let us know which one would you pick as a daily driver.
Click past the jump to find out more about the Top 5 Luxury 7-Seater SUVs priced under $50,000.
Full-size news this week in the world of truck-based SUVs: the new Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukons have all gone public with a bold revamp ahead of an on-sale date in early February. Remember this moment, because such drastic changes to these lovable family haulers only happen about once a decade.
Such a long model cycle makes sense once you live a few weeks in the life of one of these luxury trucks. For most of the Tahoe’s and Sub’s out there, the key mantra really is Like a Rock. Just get the basics so right that buyers will forgive the shiny and nasty leathers, previous purple-power colored plastic interiors, and a thirst for fuel like a Nascar fan slamming morning beers in the infield.
The Yukon Denali and its siblings will soldier forward over almost any obstacle, tow any ski boat, and - usually - become part of the family identity itself after years of reliable service.
In a segment they once owned all to themselves, there are now far more premium entries to choose from than ever before. Bringing these buyers back into the fold is part of the GMC Yukon Denali’s mission: match or best the Mercedes-Benz GL and Range Rover not just on all-weather ability, but also on technology, performance and style.
Even a quick glimpse at the Yukon Denali’s glamour shots will give you a good idea of the refinements on the table for this generation of GM full-size models. The Yukon Denali gets the pick of all the best new tech, like third-gen magnetic shocks, blue-ray players and more USB ports than an Apple store.
Click past the jump for a detailed look at the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, with info on its new EcoTec3 direct-injection V-8 engines that increase power and mileage significantly.