Congratulations to the GMC Team who revealed the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV on Tuesday evening. We watched the reveal with great anticipation as this is the second fully-electric truck unveiled by GM over the last few months, the Cadillac Lyriq being the other EV.
If you haven’t checked out the reveal video yet, I have it embedded below.
As we watched the five-minute Hummer reveal video, I found myself saying “just like the C8 Corvette” more than once. While the two vehicles couldn’t be more different than each other, here are three things the C8 Corvette and the new GMC Hummer EV have in common.
Due to its low driving profile, one of the major innovations for the C8 Corvette was the Front Lift system which allows drivers to raise the front of the Stingray about 3 inches to clear speedbumps, driveways and other obstacles.
The GMC Hummer also has a lift system called “Extract Mode” which utilizes the Hummer’s adjustable air suspension system to raise the truck six inches to drive over obstacles and rough terrain.
Both Have a Frunk!
With the C8 Corvette’s engine relocated to behind the driver, that made available storage space on the front of the car that is called the front trunk, or frunk. Combined with the rear trunk, the C8 Corvette offers 12.6 cubic feet of storage.
The Hummer EV also has no motor on the front and it too receives a gracious-sized front storage area that is much easier to access than the C8 Corvette due to the truck’s height. There aren’t currently any specs on the capacity of the Hummer’s frunk, but we do know that it was specially designed to hold the next and final item on our list.
The Corvette has been equipped with a single removable roof panel on its Coupe models going back to 1984. One of the accessories available for the 2020 Corvette is a transparent version of the roof. The C8 Corvette Coupe was specifically designed so that owners could take off their roof panels and store them in the rear trunk
The Hummer EV describes its topside as an Infinity Roof with Modular Sky Panels. The removable roof panels allow for an open-air driving experience, much like the Corvette. Instead of one panel for the roof, the Hummer EV has four modular “sky” panels that can be removed and stored it is Frunk as well.
So that’s my quick round-up of some of the similarities between the C8 and the Hummer EV. I might also mention that both the C8 Corvette and the Hummer EV have stunning designs that capture the historic elements from each vehicle and brings them into the future.
With the Corvette brand on a slow but deliberate collision course with electrification, it will do us all well to pay attention to the innovation with EVs that is happening at GM and elsewhere.
GMC is planning a multi-year rollout of the Hummer EV with the first model called the “EDITION 1” available in fall 2021 with a starting MSRP of $112,595. GMC opened reservations for the new truck and they sold out in just a few hours.
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