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General Motors, under its GMC brand, makers of Hummers, has announced that it will unveil an SUV version of its all-electric Hummer EV on April 3. The unveiling will happen at 5 p.m. Eastern time both online and during the NCAA Final Four basketball game broadcast.
The automaker unveiled the pickup truck version, with 350 miles of range and a host of high-tech features, last October.
The General Motors Truck Company (GMC) brand producing the electric Hummer wouldn't say when it is expected to go into production. The electric pick-up is expected to start assembly at the end of this year, with the highest spec trim level available to customers first.
The same removable roof panels seen on the truck will likely be found on the SUV so that it can compete with models such as the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco. The key differences between the truck and the SUV will be found inside, where the Hummer SUV may offer a third row of seats. The SUV also looks to have a spare tire mounted on the tailgate according to a teaser silhouette GMC released.
The company has highlighted the EV's off-roading capabilities as a way to align with the all-important truck market, which has been largely walled off from the electric trend until now. It also showed off its pre-production Hummer EV handling some snowy conditions in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Hummer production was retired in 2010 after the global recession made fuel prices rise but this time, the company is reviving the brand as it pours billions into the development of dozens of new electric vehicles over the next few years.
The company logo has been redesigned to look like an electric plug to emphasise its pivot to battery-powered vehicles.
The new Hummer EV will be the first vehicle to carry the company's new electric battery, Ultium, offering power ranging from 50 to 200 kWh, allowing for a driving range up to 400 miles or more. while the truck platform will include an 800-volt battery pack and 350 kW fast-charging capability.